Sydney Valentine’s Day match needed!

February 14, 2010 by J-Wire
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Find your Perfect match on Valentine’s Day ! The Gift of Life needs a DNA match to save three lives.

Your help is urgently needed to help save the lives of three dying leukaemia
patients for whom a stem cell/bone marrow transfusion is the only hope for
survival.

One of the these patients whom Gift of Life is trying to find a match for is
54 year old Stephen Lubovsky ,who lives in New York and is the son of the
late Rabbi Ron Lubovsky. Stephen’s friends and a few relatives who live in
Melbourne have already been tested, but have not been found to be a match. A
match has also not been found within the families of the two other patients
and all three must now look for a potential unrelated donor within the
Jewish community.

Because DNA is ethnically related, the likelihood of finding a match is
highest within their own ethnic group, even so it is only 1 in 100 000 !
The Jewish community however is not well represented on the Aussie Bone
Marrow/Stem Cell Donor Registry [ABMDR].

Special testing sessions are being organised so that the community will have
the opportunity to register and help save a life.
Being healthy, between 18 and 50 years of age and having a two teaspoon
blood test is all that it takes to have your tissue typed .

“Find Your Perfect Match” testing will be held today to
coincide with Valentine’s Day,10am-4pm in the grounds of the Wolper Jewish
Hospital,5 Trelawney St Woollahra.Refreshments will be available.

In addition, those wishing to have Genetic Carrier Testing for such
disorders as Tay Sachs and Cystic Fibrosis etc , may make an appointment to
do so on the same day at the same time.This is free for all full time
students.

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