LOCAL STEM CELL DRIVE AIMS TO SAVE 4 YEAR-OLD JAYDEN ROLL’S LIFE

Jayden Roll is a playful, energetic 4-year old girl from Montreal who loves life. On February 11th, after a few days of extreme fatigue and headaches, tests revealed her blood levels to be abnormally low. A bone marrow biopsy revealed that her bone marrow was failing and she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder that can progress to leukemia. Jayden has been living off of blood transfusions while doctors are trying to come up with a sustainable treatment for her. Her battle has just begun.  In order to survive, Jayden will need a stem cell transplant in the coming weeks. toronto On April 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., a stem cell registration drive will be hosted at two locations in Toronto: 1)Bialilk Hebrew Day School (2760 Bathurst Street, Toronto) and 2) Aish Thornhill Community Shul (949 Clarke Avenue West, Thornhill). The drives will take place to register potential donors to the One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network, benefiting patients suffering from various blood cancers and diseases who are in need of a stem cell transplant. The goal is to expand the donor database and provide patients with better chances for survival. Health cards are required for registration at the drives.  A simple swab from the inside of the cheek is all it takes to determine if one is a match.This is truly the most terrifying thing a parent can ever hear about their child,” said Kelly Goodman, Jayden Roll’s mother. “We are actively focused on raising awareness about blood cancers and finding Jayden and others a match because this is her and their best chance at survival.” The battle belongs to Jayden and nearly 1,000 Canadian patients like her. In recent weeks, it has also become the focus of over 200,000 people in Canada and the United States. Through the efforts of an expansive and international team of volunteers, the fight for Jayden has become a social media success story. Jayden has captured the attention of hundreds of thousands on Facebook, has athletes and celebrities tweeting, and has just received an invitation for her family to join “An Evening with Oprah” in Montreal. As a result, last week’s Montreal donor registration drive broke records with their attendance. Patients like Jayden are most likely to find a donor in a young man aged 17-35, as stem cells from young men provide fewer chances of complications post transplant. People between the ages of 17-50 and in general good health are eligible to be screened and join the OneMatch registry for Jayden and other patients in need. For more information, visit www.cureforjayden.caFacebookTwitter and/or to schedule an interview with Warren Roll, Jayden’s father or email fightforJayden@gmail.com

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