MatchPia is one of those amazing examples of what a grassroots movement can accomplish. In a period of two years, they recruited more than 30,000 people in over 400 donor drives throughout almost 300 cities in the United States. According to the National Marrow Donor Program, MatchPia’s accomplishment means that every year 15 patients will probably receive their transplant for the next 10 years. Amazing!
Best of all, Pia Awal found her match – not in the US, but in the UK – which goes to show, the solution is both local and global.
Now it’s our turn. Register with OneMatch.ca and spread the word. If you are in Toronto, consider dropping by our Stem Cell Awareness Event or Swab-a-thon on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at The Tagore Centre. Canadian Blood Services will be there to answer questions and take buccal swabs for the registry.