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Match4AAry Donor Registration & Swab Drive


January 23, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monte Carlo Inn Markham
8900 Woodbine Avenue
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Aaryan Dinh-Ali (of Caledon, Ontario) was diagnosed with a bone marrow disorder in November 2015. This is a very rare disease that is life-threatening as the body stops producing healthy blood cells leaving Aaryan at risk of infection and hemorrhaging. The only cure for Aaryan is a bone marrow transplant.

It is a challenge to find a bone marrow donor match, particularly in Aaryan's case as he is of mixed ethnicity - Afghan and Vietnamese. A bone marrow match is mostly likely to come from an individual with a similar ethnic background. He is also an only child which means there is very little chance of a match being found within our family. Neither of Aaryan's parents is a match and so far, there has been no match in his family.

The next option for finding a match is through the public donor registries. Canada's registry is called One Match and is administered by Canadian Blood Services. Another challenge - people of ethnic backgrounds are not well-represented on the donor registries, especially those of mixed race. Only 3% of the potential donors on the registries our of mixed ethnicity.

To register with One Match, it's a simple cheek swab to be added to the bone marrow donor registry. The event on Saturday is a swab and registration clinic in honour of Aaryan to help find a match for Aaryan or the 12,000 other people around the world also in need of a bone marrrow match. We are also looking to grow and diversify the registry to be more reflective of Canada and represent people from all different ethnicities.

The event is on Saturday, January 23 at 10 a.m - 6 p.m. at the Monte Carlo Inn Markham (8900 Woodbine Avenue)

In addition, all the information about Aaryan, his condition and how people can help is online at www.match4aary.com or www.facebook.com/match4aary or @match4aary on Twittter and Instagram.

http://www.match4aary.com/calendar/2015/12/20/donor-registration-event-in-markham

Contact Email: match4aary@gmail.com



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