Saving Lives...But It's Not Enough
By: Icla da Silva
In October, during our Hope Gala in NYC, we arranged for two cancer survivors to meet their life-saving donors:
Marta Sanchez registered through Icla da Silva. When she received the call that she matched a patient, she said yes. Marta met Giliani Lacayo for the first time on stage at our Hope Gala (video www.icla.org)
Stephanie Cisne was diagnosed with Leukemia. We worked with Stephanie's family during their search for a matching donor. Stephanie finally got to meet her life-saving donor Crystl for the first time (video www.icla.org)
In November, we were notified that 7 people who joined the registry through Icla da Silva, transplanted their bone marrow to patients suffering from life-threatening diseases.
All 7 are life-savers.
But It's Not Enough
We are proud of what we do. But there are still so many patients in need.
Asaya's parents have been searching for a match since he was 2 months old. Asaya turned 8 in July and there is still no match for Asaya.
Julian's family has been searching the registry for 5 years. Three donors were identified, but each one of them said no when the call was made that they were a match. There is still no committed donor for Julian.
Veronica's family has been searching for almost 3 years. There is still no match for Veronica.
You Can Help
We have to keep moving forward. We must do everything we can to grow the registry in order to save more lives.
But we need your assistance.
There are two ways you can help us add more donors to the registry.
We have been engaging college campuses across the country. Since the registry is underrepresented across all ethnic minorities, we are focusing on Universities with diverse enrollment.
You can help us by leveraging any contacts you may have with University Leadership, as well as Social, Professional, or Service-Oriented Sororities and Fraternities.
We are meeting with Deans, Professors, and other on-campus Leaders in order to organize larger recruitment drives among the student body. Send us an email (Airam@icla.org)
You can also assist our efforts with a financial donation. Help us sponsor 'lunch and learns' on campus. These gatherings provide the opportunity to reach larger audiences, share our stories, and engage potential life-savers. Help us continue our mission of adding more donors to the registry. Donate Here - https://donate.icla.org/