May 9, 2008

I've mentioned before the dilemma we've been facing with respect to bringing up ethnicity when discussing registering for bone marrow donation. We've generally had a hard time making it clear that while ethnicity does matter (it's more likely to match someone of the same ethnic background), it's always possible to match someone who doesn't look anything like you.

This story from the Regina Leader-Post proves just that. Hermeet Maur is a Sikh woman who was diagnosed with leukemia is 2004, and found a match through a German woman, Ina Kutzsche.

No matter how many times you read that donor drives are looking for people of a particular ethnicity, don't think your marrow can't help; you never know who you can match.

posted by Emru Townsend at

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