The stats are in for patients diagnosed with bone marrow cancer who are of Caribbean ancestry, and they make for grim reading. The chances of finding a successful bone marrow donor are slim to none. At best, there is a 15% chance of finding a donor that matches. The main reason for this is not enough people are registered. However that is something the Cayman Islands Cancer Society would like to see changed.
During an interview with Cayman 27 Jennifer Weber said, “Now what that means for local people here is that every person, every patient that we have ever had here has died. No one has been able to find a match, and so we have to change that.”
She says over the course of the last year a lot has been done to help change the odds that are currently stacked against patients, and to get more people registered. So far it seems to be the Cayman community is keen to get involved and help raise awareness and numbers.
“So about a year ago we started and it looks like Cayman is very receptive to this so now here we are about a year later. Sadly Ms Eve has passed away, but the legacy of love that she is leaving behind is that she is going to help us add more people to the Caribbean bone marrow registry.”
If you would like to help raise the numbers and get registered, you can do so tomorrow (June 9) at the Marriott, or contact the Cayman Islands Cancer Society on 949-7618.