The push for more names on a bone marrow registry continues. Thanks to the $75,000 raised at the Flowers Sea Swim, community registries have started popping up on the Island and a simple mouth swab can make all the difference.
“You know a life is important, if you can save a life, you have to do so you know,” said Ricardo Green. The Caribbean Bone Marrow registry currently relies on 400 people to help the 40 million people in the Caribbean and now the number is rising.
“We did an educational session last week and that’s how come we have so many people out here today,” said Davenport Co-Founder Paul Pearson.
Squashing the common misconceptions of a bone marrow transplant, the registry only needs a sample of your blood to inject the stem cells into those in need.
“This is so important, we know that the money is coming and so we went ahead and started spending it as soon as possible, because we know people are eager and we want to strike while the iron is hot,” said Jennifer Weber from the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
With the kits costing $75 a pop, 1,000 people will get on the registry for free.
For those of European ancestry, the chance of finding a match is 80%, while for the Caribbean it’s 8%, due to the lack of people registering. For every person who registers their DNA to the bone marrow registry, the percentage for finding a match will increase dramatically.
For more information how to get registered for the Caribbean Bone Marrow registry, click here.