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Feb 11, 2020

Sport for life, sport against leukemia!

Our hero Olga
Our hero Olga

Dear friends!

We recently told you the results of 2019. Indeed, the year has brought us many important events and achievements. Thank you for being with us! The Registry is working and developing thanks to your financial support.  Over the past 3 months, the Registry has replenished with 50 new names, and this is important!

Special thanks to people with great ideas that help attract new donors!

Today we will tell you about one such person.

Once one girl, when joining the Registry, said, “I am a professional volleyball player and I organize volleyball competitions. Let's dedicate the next volleyball tournament to the bone marrow donation movement.” So we met Olga.

Olga is a bright and active person.  She manages the Sports Training Center. And now she is a potential bone marrow donor and our good friend!

“I learned about the Bone Marrow Donors Registry from local news on the social network,” Olga explained, “I read the article and realized that the procedure for collecting donor bone marrow is safe and there was nothing to fear.  Therefore, I immediately, from the phone, filled out an application to join the Registry. I’m an optimist and altruist, and I am ready to support a good deed.”

In October Olga passed tests to determine compatibility parameters. In early November, Olga and her partner organized regional volleyball competitions. Competitions lasted for 3 days, and 150 athletes from different cities of Karelia participated in them. “In the league, we had already held a campaign to raise funds for cancer treatment. The topic of bone marrow donation has become an amazing discovery for us. And we decided to tell others about it, dedicating the competitions to the bone marrow donation movement in Karelia,” Olga said.

Two tournaments in a row were held under the slogan “Sport for life!”. In between games, athletes approached the Registry booth, asked volunteers some questions, and then filled out questionnaires and handed in samples. It was very cool!

Olga continued, “I know that people of the same spirit work easily and productively on projects. It seems to me that the work of the league and the Registry has something in common. We give people joy from activity and communication. The Registry does the same, and it also fills this joy with special meaning. Good luck to all of us!”  

Olga understands that the probability of full matching the donor and the patient is very small, but this does not upset her. “Leukemia is a terrible disease! I sometimes think that if I have not yet approached anyone as a donor, that’s good! It means my genetic twin does not need my bone marrow cells. So, he is healthy, and leukemia did not affect him. But if she or he needs my help, then I'm ready!”

Thanks to good people, activists like Olga and philanthropists like you,  there are new chances to save the world from leukemia! Together!

We will continue to present stories of our friends. Please share them on social media. We will also be happy to hear your stories.  You can send them to us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karelian.registry.ru/

She is volleyballer...
She is volleyballer...
and potential bone marrow donor
and potential bone marrow donor
She organized competitions for volleyballers
She organized competitions for volleyballers
Invited us to talk about donations and leukemia
Invited us to talk about donations and leukemia
Sportsman were interested in donation
Sportsman were interested in donation
And some of them entered ...
And some of them entered ...
the Karelian registry of bone marrow donors!
the Karelian registry of bone marrow donors!
It was possible due to Olga!
It was possible due to Olga!

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Jan 13, 2020

Happy New Year 2020! The results of the past 2019.

Dear benefactors,

Happy New Year 2020!

May 2020 be generous with good events! 

We wish you good moments and positive emotions!

All the best in 2020!

Now let's sum up the results of the past 2019.

The most remarkable achievement of 2019 was that two 2 donors from our Registry donated bone marrow cells for patients with leukemia. We hope that the disease will forever recede, and our dear patients will be completely healthy.

In other eight cases, our donors turned out to be fully compatible with the patients, but it didn’t come to transplantation. In total, over the year we received 127 requests for bone marrow donors from Russia, Turkey, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, Kazakhstan and other countries. We have never had so many requests before. 

Throughout the year, we continued to actively recruit new potential donors.  Residents of various regions of Russia sent us envelopes with samples, and residents of Karelia entered the Registry during our campaigns or came to our office to join the Registry.

Six hundred one individual decided to become potential bone marrow donors, and now the Karelian Registry counts 5132 people.  The barrier of 5 thousand has been successfully overcome!

And we didn’t stop there:

  • We talked about bone marrow donation in classrooms and in offices, on the volleyball court, football stadium, paintball and at the software programmers’ contests, in the library and in the cinema, as part of business meetings and national conferences, at city events and children's parties, on television and on the radio;
  • We shared happy stories of cancer patients and introduced you to our donors and conducted surveys;
  • We raised funds to recruit new donors in the register;
  • We got acquainted with new organizations and new people who have become our good friends and partners.

The Karelian Registry of Bone Marrow Donors continues to grow. Thank you for being with us! Thanks to your participation and support! Together, in 2020 we will become even closer to our common goal - to defeat leukemia!

Happy New Year!

Sincerely, 

Andrey Varshukov

 

 

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Nov 5, 2019

World bone marrow donor day and saving lives!

Dear friends!

On behalf of the Karelian registry team, we congratulate you on the past World Bone Marrow Donor Day! This celebration brings together bone marrow donors, doctors, patients, registry volunteers and philanthropists - all who contribute to the fight against leukemia!

Thank you for being with us! Thank you for your kindness and many years of help!

It is symbolic that during the days of the celebration a very important event took place - a man from our registry became a donor for a child from another country on September 24th!

This story developed rapidly. We received a donor request in July. It stated that the disease develops very quickly and if transplantation is not done in the coming months, the patient cannot be saved...The donor was searched all over the world, but only one person from our registry turned out to be compatible. In a short time, we were able to organize a donor examination. Fortunately, he was healthy and was able to donate bone marrow cells. He helped to save the life of this boy! This is a real miracle! And it all happened thanks to you, because with the help of your donations this man was included in the register!

This is the second case in 2019 when a donor donated bone marrow cells for patients with leukemia.

In just 9 months of this year, we received more than 100 requests for donors from around the world. This is more than the number of requests in 2018.

Inquiries and successful donations inspire us to actively attract new donors.

And that is what we are doing! Over the past 3 months, we conducted weekly donor recruits in our office, went to recruit donors in other cities, and received samples by mail from residents of remote places. In collaboration with other organizations, we held lectures and information meetings, dedicated sports competitions to the fight against leukemia, and we organized film screenings about bone marrow donation.

Goodness and mercy have no limits. You, philanthropists from around the world, are helping us, the registry of donors from Russia, financially. Thanks to you, the registry is developing, and our donors donate bone marrow cells to patients from both Russia and other countries. So together we will get rid of leukemia in this world!

 

Friends, we have the opportunity to increase your help! Participate in #GivingTuesday and encourage your relatives, friends, and work colleagues to do so!

#GivingTuesday is a worldwide charity day that inspires people to collaborate and give back. The GlobalGiving 2019 #GivingTuesday campaign will begin on 3rd of December, 2019, at 00:00:00 ET and will end at 23:59:59 ET on 3rd of December, 2019.

This year, projects will compete for part of the $500,000 incentive fund. This means that if, for example, 1% of the total amount of dollars raised by all projects on Tuesday is donated to the Karelian Register project, then another 1% - or $5000 - will come from the Incentive Fund. $5000 means 700 new bone marrow donors included in the registry and in the global database. And every donor gives people with leukemia and other blood diseases a second chance.

Please make your contribution at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/add-marrow-donors-eliminate-leukemia-worldwide/

And tell your friends about it on your social networks.

Lecture for employees of the business center
Lecture for employees of the business center
Our wonderful donors
Our wonderful donors
Paintball players are entering in the registry-1
Paintball players are entering in the registry-1
At paintball competitions - 2
At paintball competitions - 2
Lecture for students
Lecture for students
 
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