About DonorDrive4Dorothy – www.DonorDrive4Dorothy.org
Donor Drive 4 Dorothy is a national initiative started in January 2014 by a group of friends and family of Dorothy Vernon-Brown who is desperately searching for an optimal stem cell donor to save her life. Dorothy’s optimal donor will most likely come from her Jamaican/West Indian community, age 17 to 35.
Canada’s OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network is the accredited registry, working with patients to find a donor. Less than 1% of African Canadian donors are in the registry which is the optimal donor base for Dorothy and other patients like her with similar ethnic heritage. This is a severe under presentation.
Dorothy, a Jamaican born Canadian, diagnosed last summer (2013) with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has undergone chemotherapy which has brought her into remission. However, without a stem-cell transplant her life expectancy is fairly short.
The DonorDrive4Dorothy campaign is quickly becoming a huge initiative to help ALL patients now and in the future who will need a stem cell transplant to save their lives. Our efforts will benefit the entire community. Next to Caucasians, African Canadians are the highest patient group in need of a stem cell transplant.