There is presently an urgent request for Greek stem cell donors in Canada, especially from people whose background is from the island of Crete.
If you are between the ages of 17 and 35, you can register to be a stem cell donor. There is currently a greater need for males and ethnically diverse individuals to register.
The Canadian Blood Services 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 males. 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.
Registration Clinics in the Greater Toronto Area that you can go to this month for a quick, painless cheek swab, to see if you are a possible match are as follows:
Canada Kandasamy Temple at Cedarbrook Community Centre
91 Eastpark Blvd
Cedarbrook Community Centre
91 East Park Blvd.
Jubilee United Church.
40 Underhill Drive
Pickering Recreation Complex – O’Brien Room
1867 Valley Farm Road
4141 Yonge St
209 Victoria Street
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Ajax Banquet Hall
75 Centennial Road
Domenica DiLuca Community Centre
25 Stanley Rd
522 King St W
Holy Cross Catholic Academy
7501 Martin Grove Rd
Langstaff Secondary School .
106 Garden Ave