C3 Korean Canadian Society is excited to be partnering up with the Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network by hosting a stem cell awareness and drive during the 15th Annual Korean Cultural Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 6th at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC.
Stem cell transplants are used for treating over 80 diseases and disorders. There are over 380,000 stem cell registrants in Canada and only 28% of them are ethnically diverse. Since, patients are more likely to find a matching donor from within their own ethnic group; this means that ethnically diverse patients may have a harder time finding a match.
“As a multicultural society, we have always been looking for opportunities to contribute to the Canadian society” says Jack Cha, who is the Chair of C3 Society. “Our goal is to properly educate by debunking popular myths about stem cell donation and to increase the number of donors within the Korean community”.
"Canadian Blood Services is grateful for the support of C3 and the opportunity at the Korean Cultural Heritage Festival to widen the diverse representation of the stem cell registry,” says Trudi Goels with Canadian Blood Services. “Less than 1 per cent of the registry is comprised of individuals with Northeast Asian ancestry. We are confident 17 to 35 year olds will want to step up and register to help save lives. The registration process takes just 15 minutes but making a commitment to become a stem cell donor can save someone’s life.”
Currently, the quickest way to register is through online registration at www.onematch.ca . You can also call Canadian Blood Services at 18882DONATE to have a registration package mailed to your address.
- Jack Cha, Chair, C3 Society, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trudi Goels, Territory Manager – Stem Cells, Cord Blood, Canadian Blood Services – British Columbia & Yukon, 778-229-6343, Trudi.email@example.com
"Such initiative taken by C3 Society to support Canadian Blood Services to increase ethnically diverse donor registrants made a lot of sense to me. I hope to support future drives as well. Blood and stem cell donation is a great way to help those in need and to save lives."
Aaron Lee, Investment Advisor, Commodities & Futures Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities, International Investment Advisory
About C3 Society
C3 Society is a non-profit, non-partisan, secular community organization of volunteers who embrace cultural diversity and work co-actively with each other groups to bridge the Korean and Canadian communities by providing cultural, educational and volunteer resources.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.
- The demand for life-saving stem cell transplants has tripled over the past five years and continues to grow at a staggering rate.
- Stem cells are immature cells that can turn into any of the cells present in the bloodstream. They’re currently used for treating more than 80 blood-related diseases and disorders.
- At any given time there are almost 1,000 Canadian patients looking for an unrelated stem cell match to survive.
- Approximately 75 per cent of patients rely on the generosity of an unrelated volunteer stem cell donor to save their life.
- Canada’s unique diversity presents a challenge in our ability to find stem cell matches for patients from our ethnically diverse communities, since a patient’s best match is often someone of similar ancestry.
- Cord blood stem cells have unique abilities that make them easier to use for transplantation; even when a match between donor and patient is not perfect.