OneMatch Linking Patients With Donors

By Tanya Caringi,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 10:01 a.m. April 8, 2014
Updated: 10:07 a.m. April 8, 2014

Police officers and Service members are supporting an effort to help patients in dire need for their one match.

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The OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network links donors with patients around the world

A swab clinic is being held at the Scarborough Town Centre  on April 10 in an effort to add donors to the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.

OneMatch, run by Canadian Blood Services, is responsible for finding and matching volunteer donors to patients who require stem cell transplants. Fewer than 30 per cent of patients who need stem cell transplants find a compatible donor within their own family. The rest rely on those who have volunteered to donate stem cells to anyone in need.

Members of the Divisional Policing Support Unit   and Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy  are participating in the clinic that runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the lower level in the Sears Court.

All it takes is a little bit of time and a cheek swab to join the network. You may be eligible to join if you are between 17 and 35 years old and meet certain health criteria.

Because Canadian Blood Services' OneMatch is a member of an international network of registries, who can also search more than 11 million donors on over 50 registries in other countries. By agreeing to make their donor data available worldwide, international registries have significantly increased the odds of being able to find a matching donor for any patient, anywhere in the world.

For more information on the network visit OneMatch.ca

Anyone who needs more information can call me at 416.808.0133 or via email: Tanya.Caringi@torontopolice.on.ca

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