Ghanaians urged to become a stem cell donors and help save lives

Every year individuals around the world are diagnosed with Leukaemia and other life-threatening blood diseases. For many, their only hope of cure is a life-saving blood stem cell transplant.
The Sunflower Fund in partnership with The Moore Foundation and the National Blood Service Ghana will be hosting a stem cell donor and blood drive on Saturday 27 April 2019 at the Astros Ghana Adjacent Special Ice Water Company, Dzorwulu from 09h00 to 16h00.

Individuals between the ages of 18-45 years with a BMI of less than 40 and a consistent weight of more than 50kgs are invited to register to become blood stem cell donors and give the hope of cure to patients diagnosed with blood diseases. The drive is to create awareness and education about blood diseases and to drive interest for people to register as blood stem cells donors.

Patients from all ages and races can find themselves in need of a transplant and in such an instance; they are looking for their genetic twin. The chances of finding this match is 1:100 000 and the best chance of a match is within your same ethnic background. There is only a 25% chance that a sibling will be a match. The remaining 75% chance depends on an unrelated matching donor being found.

“Most people don’t realise that it is painless to register as a donor, or that you only donate once in your life and that there are no major side effects of being a donor,” says Kim Webster Head of Communications at The Sunflower Fund.

A blood stem cell transplant as it is more commonly known today, is essentially a procedure where a person’s defective cells in their bone marrow is replaced by healthy ones from their donor. For the donor, it involves a fairly painless procedure that can take up to 6 hours, which is very similar to donating platelets and with no major side effects.
“If you are willing to consider helping anyone in need of a transplant for whom you might be a match, join us in person on 27 April,” added Patrick Moore, CEO and founder of The Moore Foundation.
 
To register takes less than 10 minutes. After completing a health screening, a DNA sample will be collected via a cheek swab. If you’re interested to register, please refrain from consuming any food and beverages for an hour before coming through to register.
 
To find out more visit www.lifeandmoore.org or call them on (233) 243 937 157.

For more information or for interviews contact: Traci Sassenberg or Kim Webster on 021 701 0661.

Date published: 
Wednesday, 17 April, 2019
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