“To increase the number of stem cell donor registrants of Chinese origin in the stem cell registry worldwide.”
About Otherhalf-Chinese Stem Cell Initiative
OtherHalf – Chinese Stem Cell Initiative is proud to be working in partnership with Canadian Blood Services’ stem cell program, OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, in educating the Chinese community about the urgent need for more stem cell donors in Canada’s stem cell network. Out of over 18 million registered donors in the Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW) database, only about 500,000 are of Chinese origin. That is why it is very difficult for Chinese patients to find unrelated stem cell donors for transplants.
A patient’s best chance of finding a stem cell donor is within his/her own ethnic group.
For many patients, stem cell transplants are their only hope for survival. Stem cell transplants are used to treat potentially life-threatening illnesses including blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma), aplastic anemia, immune dysfunctions, and genetic and metabolic disorders.