HELP US FIND A DONOR MATCH FOR ASIANS/ETHNIC MINORITIES IN NEED OF A STEM CELL TRANSPLANT TO SAVE THEIR LIFE
WELCOME TO MATCH4martin
This website was created to raise awareness for the need of stem cell donors, particularly from ethnic minority groups and provide information and updates on Martin. Internationally, only about one per cent of the 24 million listed donors are of Asian background. This makes it very difficult to save the lives of Asian patients such as Martin
The Donor process
Every 3 minutes, someone in the world is diagnosed with a blood cancer that may require a stem cell transplant from a stranger to save their life. Would you save a life if you had the ability to? Would you want someone to save your loved ones life should they require a stem cell transplant tomorrow?
The following videos documents Susan's (Onematch.com CAN) and Mike's (bethematch.com USA) journey to donate stem cells and what it means to them
By raising awareness, we hope to encourage the registration of more ethnically diverse donors. Registering will not only help Martin find a match, but will also widen the stem cell database to potentially help other families find hope. Unfortunately these diseases can happen to anybody and we want to help make sure someone's father, mother, sibling, child or other loved one has a chance to survive by encouraging as many people to become a donor.
Other ways to help martin
If you are unable to register to become a stem cell donor or if you want to help Martin and his family in other additional ways you can:
1) Sign up to become a blood donor. Leukemia patients such as Martin need periodic blood transfusions.
2) If you have ideas, connections, or ways to help us raise awareness within the Filipino and Asian Community, please contact us.
3) Visit Martin's GoFundMe page. Unfortunately Martin's current prognosis is quite poor and he is given only a few months to live. His family is seeking alternative therapies but is having difficulties with the medical finances. You can help Martin by donating to his Go Fund Me fundraiser.
4) Spread the word! If you are unable to donate stem cells, you can encourage other friends and family to register and share on social media!
5) Set up a donor drive in honor of Martin in your own community or at your school! Contact us on how you can do this!