MATCH4ELSA – Could you be the match ?
“I just want to see my children grow up. Please join the registry. Even if I can’t find a match, you might save someone else.”
Elsa Nega is an Ethiopian-Canadian mother of 2 young children, with Leukemia
Elsa (Elizabeth) Nega is an Ethiopian-Canadian wife and mother with 2 young children, Lana and Lawrence. She started to feel unwell earlier this year. On February 8 she walked into her local ER, was rushed into intensive care and by next morning was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She started on chemo immediately. Unlike 90% of patients who go into remission after the first round of chemo, Elsa did not. Now, after 3 rounds of chemo, a bone marrow transplant is her only hope of recovery.
The search is on to find a match for Elsa. Her brother and sister in Ethiopia were her best hope – but are not matches. Of the 29 million people in the International Registry, no matches have been found.
Being African, means Elsa has a very low chance of finding a match. Caucasians have a 75% chance of finding a perfect match in the worldwide registry. Africans have just 19% chance. By joining the registry you can help to save the life of Elsa, and many other people like her, searching for a donor.
WE NEED MORE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN PEOPLE TO JOIN THE BONE MARROW REGISTER
When an African or Caribbean person with a blood disorder desperately needs a lifesaving transplant, 80% will not find the match they need; due to there not being enough African & Caribbean people signed to the register.
As bone marrow matching is race specific, Elsa’s lifesaving match will need to come from a black donor.