Nov 3 2008 is Canada’s National Stem Cell and Marrow Awareness Week

Of the 237,000 Canadians currently registered on the OneMatch Network, 83% are Caucasian and 17% are from Canada’s many diverse ethnic groups.

At any given time, OneMatch is searching for stem cell matches for about 600 Canadians. 40% of which are non-Caucasian.

Fewer than 30% of patients will find a compatible donor from a family member. The remaining 70% rely on the generosity of an unrelated donor.

Most patients are more likely to find a donor in their own ethnic group.

Upon receipt of your registration online (at or by mail (of completed forms downloaded from, a representative from OneMatch will be in touch by phone within 2 business days.

Samples are no longer collected through blood tests but with a buccal (cheek) swab kit mailed directly to your home with clear instructions and a return envelope.

Donor eligibility is between 17 to 50 years old



Hair for Hope at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Oct 7, 2008

University of Toronto Mississauga Student Union is hosting HAIR FOR HOPE 2008

We invite the UTM community to shave their heads or wax their legs to show support for those fighting cancer. To participate you need to find “sponsors” who will pay to have your head shaved or your legs waxed.
Through this symbolic gesture, we aim to:
-Tell every person with cancer and their families that they are not alone in the fight against cancer
-Raise funds to help educate minority groups with a multi-lingual information video
-Build a community of support for those with cancer
Why Shave Heads?
Patients’ hair loss, from treatments of cancer such as chemotherapy, is a representation of his or her courageous fight against cancer. Through the symbolic gesture of shaving heads, we hope to lend moral support to all those fighting cancer, and to let them know that there is nothing wrong with being bald.
This event is in support of the Elizabeth Lue Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation. All the proceeds will be used to produce a multi-lingual information video in partnership with OneMatch® and Canadian Blood Services®.
Anyone who wishes to participate in this event is welcome to pick up a pledge form during clubs week or at the UTMSU office, student centre room 100.

The Hair for Hope event will take place on Tuesday October 7th, 2008 from 12-2pm in the Blind Duck.

On September 19th at 12pm in the Student Centre Board Room, UTMSU will have an information/training session detailing the campaign for our volunteers who will sign out pledge forms for the head shave / leg wax as well as for anyone who is interested, and OneMatch® will present a lot of the facts and statistics.

OneMatch is also organizing a promotional event where people can sign up to be donors with them on Sept 19, this group will give their buccal swabs on Oct 7 during the event, and will donate blood as a group at the end of Oct during a local campus blood drive.

For more information, you can contact Saaliha Malik at or Fred Wong at
There will be RAFFLE PRIZES & FREE FOOD for participants.

 Click here to register online today at to become a stem cell donor



A Second Chance Annual Fundraising Dinner and Dance in Vancouver Oct 3, 2008


Fraserview Hall
8240 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC


A Second Chance is an organization of volunteers that fundraises to raise money for blood cancer research. More importantly, our aim is to promote public awareness about blood cancers and stem cell donation within the South Asian Community.

The organization holds an annual dinner and dance, called “A Second Chance”, that consistently raises over $25,000. Money raised is donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Volunteers also raise money throughout the year by having a “Samosa Event” and “Carwash 4 Cancer”. The fundraiser has significantly grown over the past 4 years and has successfully educated and recruited many members of the community to become stem cell registrants.

With a lot of blood cancers, a stem cell transplant is required. Thanks to funded research, stem cell transplants can be done by simply taking blood from the arm — just like donating blood. It is NOT like donating an organ; blood replenishes within a few days! Currently there are only 2.2% East Indians on the registry. This means that if your sibling or other family member are not a match, your chances of surviving are less than 25%.

The organization welcomes anyone interested to join the group as volunteers or to attend the event and support the cause.

For more information you may contact:

Sonny Atwal: 604-644-4295

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in Toronto October 2, 2008

SPONSOR MY FRIEND CHRIS’ PARTICIPATION at the Light the Night Walk in Toronto, October 2, 2008.

Light the Night is a fundraising event being held by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Their mission is to cure blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, along with improving the quality of life of patients and their families.

Every 38 minutes a Canadian is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

Every 79 minutes a Canadian dies from a blood cancer.

Online donations can be made at:

If YOU would like to participate in Light the Night 2008, please visit


Click here to register online today at to become a stem cell donor


Swabathon in Toronto Sept 28, 2008


This is it! This is your big chance to come register.

Come Sunday, September 28th, to North York to show your support for Dr. Guha and the 500+ others waiting for their matches. This will be a fast, fun, event where Canadian Blood Services staff will be present to answer your questions and address your concerns. We will provide the venue and swab kits for you to do your part. Please note that we are asking that only qualified individuals who are serious about the registration process show up.

Bring a piece of ID; you must be aged 17-50, with no history of heart problems, cancer or any infectious or communicable diseases.


Please help us out by registering online before this date. The faster the better.

LOCATION: The Tagore Centre, 140 Millwick Drive (Islington, between Finch and Steeles)

DATE and TIME: September 28, 2008, 11.00a to 3.00p



Click here to register online today at to become a stem cell donor



AADP (US) Bone Marrow Drives Calendar

Register to be a potential bone marrow donor or Volunteer at one of AADP’s events!

Unless otherwise noted, all drives are public and open to all ethnic minorities interested in registering with the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. Due to fluctuating funding, non-minorities can be expected to pay up to $52 for registration.

Click here to find out when and where the next drive is:

A3M (US) Bone Marrow Drives Calendar

For those who live in Los Angeles, please visit the upcoming A3M bone marrow dirve this Sunday:

September 14, 2008 … 11am – 5pm

13th Annual Asian American Harvest Moon Festival
Arcadia County Park
405 S. Santa Anita Ave
Arcadia, CA 91006

For A3M’s drives calendar click here: