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Aary’s chances of beating this rare disorder are best if he can undergo a bone marrow transplant within the next few months. A bone marrow match is not related to blood type.
Without any siblings and because it has now been determined that neither of Aary’s parents is a match, it is crucial that we help grow the registry of potential donors. Today’s medical technology allows testing of potential donors as well as actual transplants with little disruption to the life of the donor(s).
Testing to see if you are a match is as simple as a swab of the inside of the cheek. It will take approximately 12 weeks from your cheek swab to be added to the registry. When you donate to OneMatch (Canada) or Be the Match (US), you are not matched specifically to Aary, you can be matched to any patient and bring hope to families anywhere in Canada or around the world.
It is most likely that a match will come from the same ethnic and ancestral background. This means that there is a great need for donors of Vietnamese/Asian and Afghan/Central Asian ethnicities.
Unfortunately, because these groups are dramatically underrepresented in the National Bone Marrow Registries, the challenge is the small chance of finding a match in the current pool of donors recorded in the registres in order to help Aary. We need YOUR help grow these registries, in these communities and beyond.
And if we push really hard, fast and use our networks to get our folks educated, mobilized and registered, we could not only help Aary be cured of this disorder but also save the lives of many others in these communities.