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Be the match.
Over 80 diseases and disorders can be treated with a stem cell transplant. There are hundreds of patients in Canada waiting for a match, but only 1 in 2 find a match. Patients are more likely to find a matching donor from within their own ethnic group.
Are my stem cells eligible to give life?
We recruit healthy, committed volunteers between the ages of 17 and 35 who are willing to be a match for any patient in need. Younger donor stem cells provide better patient outcomes.
Male donor stem cells decrease the possibility of post-transplant complication. Half of all stem cell donors chosen to help a Canadian patient are male. Only 28% of the current stem cell registry is ethnically diverse and as a result, ethnically diverse patients may have a harder time finding a match.
These are the reasons why there is a greater need for male and ethnically diverse donors.
Commit to Give Life
Registering to become a stem cell donor means committing to be there when you get the call to Give Life. Not everyone who registers will be matched to a patient and asked to donate, but each registrant provides hope for those waiting. A person could, how¬ever, be a match within a few months of registering, a year later or even seven years later.
That’s why it’s important to understand what’s involved – and the commitment – before registering.