Gift of Life Australia is holding a testing session to find urgent life saving matches for Jewish Leukaemia patients at the Moriah Wheelathon on Sunday, 4 September from 10am-12pm. The testing will be held in a Primary School classroom near the flagpoles.
All healthy 18-45 year olds who are 50+kg, neither pregnant nor breastfeeding and who are willing to save a life are invited to be tested and enrolled onto the Australian Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Donor Registry(ABMDR)- part of the worldwide registry.
All it takes is completing the Red Cross Medical Questionnaire and ABMDR forms and giving a small (non-fasting) two teaspoon blood sample.
At this moment there are four Jewish Leukaemia patients including a one year old baby who have sadly not found matches within their own families and need to be matched with someone from the same ethnic background on the Worldwide registry or they will die.
The Jewish community is under represented on the Australian and Worldwide registries. Stem cell transplants save lives! BUT the likelihood of finding an unrelated match is 1 in 10 000 so everyone is invited.
Gift of Life Australia is enroling potential stem cell
Donors onto the Australia Bone Marrow Donor Registry
We are currently testing to find urgent matching Jewish LIFE SAVING HEROES for Jewish Leukaemia patients whose family was sadly not found to be matching.Tissue matching occurs within one's own ethnic group, even then, the likelihood of finding a match is only 1 in 10 000!
You can also enrol onto the ABMDR at any RED CROSS BLOOD DONOR CENTRE whilst donating blood. Special forms and test tubes are needed so pre bookings are necessary. TEL: 13 14 95 www.donateblood.com.auwww.abmdr.org.au
* Mums to be can help save a life by donating their umbilical cord blood which is ordinarily thrown out Stem CEll, Bone Marrow and Cord Blood transplants SAVE LIVES.
The Gift of Life Australia's mission is to raise awareness about the life saving potential of Stem Cell, Bone Marrow and Cord Blood transplants and to increase the representation of Jewish people on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
Tissue type is inherited. A patient's best chance of finding a genetic match lies with those in their immediate family or with those of similar ethnic ancestry. Only one third of patients find a relative whose tissue matches theirs, the rest need to find an unrelated donor within their community to increase their chance of survival. Patients with a Jewish heritage are more likely to find a match with someone of a similar background.
There are currently several Jewish people in Australia and worldwide diagnosed with life threatening diseases such as leukaemia and aplastic anemia. A stem cell transplant is their only chance of survival. The need for volunteer potential donor from the Jewish community is urgent.
Information for donors
To register onto the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry a small sample of blood is used to analyse your tissue type and to determine if you are a match to a patient in need.
The procedure and conditions are described below.
The first step is to meet our representative who will provide a brief information session.
Following the information session, you will be asked to fill in a consent form and medical history questionnaire.
A simple blood test is taken to determine your tissue typing. This is then analysed at the nearest Red Cross/ABMDR laboratory. Your information is securely stored until your 57th Birthday.
If you are found to be matching, you will be notified and undergo a thorough medical examination. Another blood test - a lymphocyte culture test - will be done to determine compatibility and your DNA details are stored on the ABMDR.
For bone marrow donations:
A small amount of bone marrow is removed from the pelvic bone by needle puncture under a light general anaesthetic.
For peripheral blood stem cell donation:
A series of small injections are given to stimulate your stem cells from your bone marrow to go into your circulating blood system.
Blood is collected, the stem cells are separated by a machine and blood is given back to you at the same time.
Your bone marrow/stem cells donation is then transported to wherever in the world the patient is waiting for the transplant.
Bone marrow and stem cells regenerate in you in a very short-time. Bone marrow and stem cell transplants do save lives.
To join the Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Donor Registry you must be between 18 & 45 years of age and in good health.
You are ineligible io join the Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Donor Registy if you:
Have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer (except skin or testicular cancer) in the past five years.
Have ever been diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
Have a history of heart disease.
Are a carrier of Hepatitis B.
Are HIV positive or have AIDS or Hepatitis C.
Are aware of anyone in your family who has or has EVER had Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease (CJD), Gerstmann-Straussler-Sheinker Syndrome (GSS) or Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI).
Have received injections of human growth hormone for short stature or human pituitary hormone for infertility prior to 1986.
Had a surgical procedure involving head, brain or spinal cord between 1972-1989.
Have ever received a transplant or graft (organ, cornea, bone etc).
Have lived in the UK for a cumulative period of six months or more between 1980 and 1996
Have ever been an injecting drug user.
Have had male-to-male sex in the past 12 months,
Had sexual activity with a male who you think might be bisexual in the past 12 months.
Have been a male or female sex worker in the past 12 months.
Have engaged in sexual activity with a male or female sex worker in the past 12 months.
Have been a sexual partner of an IV drug user or a bi-sexual male in the past 12 months.
Have been injured with a used needle or received a blood/body fluid splash in the past 12 months.
Had a tattoo within the past 12 months [though you can join the Registry now].
Have been imprisoned in a prison or lock-up in the past 12 months.
Have had a blood transfusion or have received blood products in the past 12 months.
If you are unsure about your eligibility to join the Bone Marrow Registry or need further information, please call Shula on 0414 780 444 or email.
How to Join Gift of Life Australia
All it takes is 15 minutes and a teaspoon of blood.
Please read the information for donors to see if you are elgible for testing.