Every 28 minutes someone in Australia is diagnosed with blood cancer, and for many a blood stem cell transplant from a complete stranger is their only hope.
Are you 18-30 years old? If so, you could save a life! Joining the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABDMR) will increase the chances of those in need finding a possible match.
13,000 people are waiting for a bone marrow donor, you can make the difference. Ethnic diversity is the key.
The best chance of a cure is a stem cell match from a person’s family but more often than not that isn’t possible. Therefore the next best chance of a cure is from a person of the same ethnic background. However, the ethnic diversity of donors registered on the ABMDR is skewed towards North West Europeans and the balance of the ethnic groups are largely under-represented. Gift of Life Australia is committed to increasing the prevalence of under-represented ethnic groups on the ABMDR to increase the chances of a member of that ethnic group receiving a life-saving donor match.
One’s ethnic group is determined by your ancestral history not necessarily where you are born. Where your parents, grandparents even great-grandparents were born and their associated blood lines determine your ethnicity.
We are therefore encouraging our community to get involved by joining the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Register.
The more ethnically diverse the donor registry the more people we can save.
Currently you can register for the ABMDR by way of a blood sample, however, following a significant decline in eligible donors on the ABMDR due to both the pandemic and many people who in recent years are no longer eligible to donate stem cells the number of people on the ABMDR has declined. Gift of Life Australia is rallying the Australian Government to provide the funding for free cheek swab kits which will make the recruitment of people to the ABMDR more simple and less expensive and enable the numbers of people on the register to grow more quickly than it would if blood samples were required.
Gift of Life Australia actively participated in the successful Strength to Give program in 2020. This initiative, piloted by the ABDMR with Government funding demonstrated that this was a more efficient way to grow the number of potential donors on the bone marrow register. We need the Government to reinstate this funding particularly for those ethnic groups where donors are scarce. Your signature can make a difference. Please sign the petition today.