Saving the lives of Maori and Pacific People
Each year, many patients are diagnosed with leukemia or other serious blood disorders. These diseases prevent the blood cells from maturing and functioning properly. For many of these patients a bone marrow transplant is the best and only hope for a cure.
At this moment, fourteen New Zealanders of non-European descent are in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant – but their chances of getting one are low as New Zealand struggles to find enough donors.
Some 27 million people are listed on registries around the world as willing to donate bone marrow. But only 7500 are Maori and 2000 are Pacific Islanders and it is not enough to help the 14 Kiwi’s waiting.
Needing a transplant can be a matter of life and death, depending on the situation. Sometimes a bone marrow is the only option. Several people die each year in New Zealand because a suitable bone marrow donor cannot be found for them.
Males aged 18-40 with Maori and Pacific ancestry are desperately needed to give not only the 14 people waiting, but also those who will be diagnosed in the future, a better chance of survival.
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We ALL are or ALL will be affected by some form of cancer at some stage of our lives,
we pray you or a loved one never need to search and wait for a cure