HELP JOYCE FRANK TO LIVE, AN URGENT APPEAL | #MATCHJOYCE
Written by Grenada Consulate Toronto on June 19, 2018
Joyce Frank is desperate for a compatible stem donor to live. She is quickly running out of options and her doctors tell her the best chance of survival is a stem cell transplant.
With the crushing diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), Joyce is racing against the clock. AML killed her mother four years ago and her sister two years ago.
This is Joyce’s second brush with cancer – 13 years ago she beat esophagus cancer and now she is fighting to live again.
The huge hurdle is finding a compatible donor within the black community. With each passing day, the odds are diminishing.
Just about one per cent of donors in Canada’s One Match and Marrow Network (OneMatch) is of black descent.
Joyce is originally from Grenada. It’s most likely that her donor will be of Grenadian descent. She says if she gets two more years to live she would be very grateful.
Joyce is an avid gardener, a passion she has to give up this season. She is also a wife, a mother, a sister and so must more. A wonderful and vibrant human being who deserves another chance to live.
Finding a match in the local and international registries for someone of colour is next to impossible and for this reason Donor Drive 4 Dorothy is making an urgent appeal on Joyce’s behalf.
Here’s how you can help NOW:
If you are 17 to 35, in good health and willing to help please register at https://blood.ca/en/stem-cell/onematch-information-new-registrations. Encourage someone 17-35 to register as above TODAY. Visit any of the national OneMatch walk-in clinics and register to become a donor https://blood.ca/en/stem-cell/onematch-information-new-registrations. Attend and/or volunteer at our next swabbing event. Check back often for our next venue or opt into our newsletter to keep abreast.
Your support is extremely critical; not only could you BE THE ONE to save Joyce’s life, but you could be a match for a loved one in the future.
For more information go to: http://www.donordrive4dorothy.org/stories/joyces-appeal-for-a-donor/