Florida Times-Union, Leukemia Survivor Advocates for Ethnic Diversity in Bone Marrow Registry
From the Florida Times-Union, “A trip to the Emory Hospital emergency room led to a stunning diagnosis — leukemia — and eventually the need for a bone marrow transplant. That’s when Fisher, who is African-American, discovered the lack of diversity in the national Be The Match Marrow Registry, a list of potential blood stem cell donors willing to save the life of patients in need of transplant.”
From our own Mauricio Murillo, “…The lack of ethnic diversity, Murillo said, stems from “lack of awareness and education in these communities.” The foundation helps stage community donor drives at hospitals and colleges and universities, among other efforts.
“Bottom line there is a huge need for more ethnically diverse donors to join the registry,” he said.”