Bone marrow donation program: chance for recovery for a thousand of cancer patients

Today, the bone marrow transplantation for most of cancer patients is the only chance for recovery. Every year, more than 150,000 transplantation operations take place over the world. This treatment method is also used for hematologic and autoimmune diseases.

For this category of patients, the transplantation is a life-saving operation. The chemotherapy suppresses the bone marrow, and to restore its functions, a donor transplant is necessary. Stem cells are put into the patient bloodstream, they grow and multiply in the bone marrow and resuscitate the patient.

The bone marrow can be donated by both patient’s relatives or matched unrelated donors. The percent of well-matched related donors is quite low, only 20-25%. That is why for some patients the only way to cure is transplanting the bone marrow of an unrelated donor. Donor information is kept in special databases that provides data of people willing to donate their stem cells and their blood samples. Such donor databases are used to find a matched donor for a specific patient. Today, the Russian register of bone marrow donors includes only 77,000 people. This figure is insufficient to cure all the people that need help. For example, to treat 50% of patients needing stem cells, the register shall included at least 500 000 donors. Actions to support and streamline the bone marrow donation programs are of great importance. Local donation programs exist in Russia and Perm Territory as well, such as an annual marrow donation stimulation program within the framework of Intelligent Donation project organized by Dedmorozim Charity Fund. This year, the program was supported by Seyfeddin Roustamov, beneficiary owner of Metafrax PJSC.

Due to his assistance, 1000 people from Perm Territory will become potential donors. All donor registration procedures will be free, and donors will pay no money for genetic analysis for inclusion into the donor register, tube and delivery of blood samples. According to Dedmorozim Fund, the financial support granted by Seyfeddin Roustamov will cover all related expenses until December 2018. All that potential donors will have to do is to come to a blood collection station, fill the application form and give 9 ml of their blood. Just three simple steps that can save somebody’s life. And with help of Seyfeddin Roustamov, a thousand of people will have a chance for recovery. 1000 inhabitants of Perm Territory can save a thousand of children and adults.

Seyfeddin Roustamov is a businessman and beneficiary owner of Metafrax PJSC, the largest Russian methanol production enterprise. 55-years-old entrepreneur was born in Azerbaijan and now takes an active part in oil and gas projects, trades in chemical and oil and gas products and invests in energy funds, and commercial and residential property. He resides permanently in the USA. Seyfeddin Roustamov has a wife and three children, and is actively engaged in charity activities for many years. He and his wife finance various educational programs and support arts and medical funds

Donor project of Perm region, Russia

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