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'Only 400 bone marrow donors in the entire Caribbean'

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 6:56 AM
The Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry has launched a donor drive with the goal of reaching at least 1,000 donors by the end of the year.

Shocking figures have revealed that there are only 400 registered bone marrow donors throughout the whole Caribbean region.

The Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry has launched a donor drive with the goal of reaching at least 1,000 donors by the end of the year.

Arthur Dunk, Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry director, said a bone marrow transplant may be the only hope for a cure for people suffering from blood cancers, or auto-immune and other blood diseases.

“With only 400 registered donors in the Caribbean region, we significantly need to increase these numbers to give our friends and family suffering from sometimes terminal blood and auto-immune diseases a fighting chance.”

“The Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, with individuals possessing a distinct and unique genetic makeup – this makes it difficult for those needing a donor to find a match,” he said. “The more people we can add to the registry the greater the chance these sick people have at fighting their diseases.”

“We have a population of nearly 40 million people in the Caribbean but only 400 people on our registry. We need to realise the significance of this shortfall and come together as a region to try and help save lives,” Mr Dunk said.

In order to register more donors across the Caribbean, the registry has undertaken a concentrated marketing effort with the help of leading Cayman Islands strategic communications agency, Tower, to rebrand and share its message across the region.

The registry has launched a new logo, refreshed its website and Facebook, and produced new marketing collateral.

“Tower is happy to offer the support of its marketing and creative services to assist such an important organisation and we are looking forward to doing everything we can to help spread the Registry’s message across the region,” Lynne Byles, Tower managing director said.