Hundreds of patients in Canada with diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and aplastic anemia need a stem cell transplant to save their life, and 75% of these patients rely on unrelated donors. 80% of stem cell transplants come from international donors, but currently, patients can only rely on domestic donors. In addition, some side effects of chemotherapy lead to a decrease in blood cells and are in desperate need for blood donors. This is why all of us at UBC Cancer Association have decided to participate in the 1000 donor Campaign run by UBC student Regan Mah. The need for blood remains strong especially during physical distancing.
By signing up for the 1000 donors Campaign you are spreading awareness of this issue and encouraging others to get involved and see if they’re eligible to give someone life.