Girl in the fight of her life looks for stem cell donor

A little girl who desperately needs a stem cell transplant to survive seeks help from local residents.

7-year-old Zoe Dudzianiec from Tecumseh has a rare condition called Diamond-Blackfan anemia, which is very rare bone marrow disease There is no cure.

She has been receiving treatment since birth and has to receive 10 hours of treatment every day. Zoe also receives blood transfusions every 10 days at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto because the blood she needs is no longer available in Windsor.

“Her best treatment option is a stem cell transplant. She needs to rely on the generosity of a stranger to save her life by registering as a potential donor,” said Kaitlyn Bedard Bone Marrow Society officials.

Next week, they will host a swab clinic at St. Clair’s College in Chatham to find potential donors for Zoe. The clinic will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023, from 10am to 2pm at St Clair College’s Chatham campus. The wipe down event will be held in the lobby of the main building at 1001 Grand Avenue West.

Zoe needed someone of her Middle Eastern/European ethnic background to donate stem cells to save her life.

Sign up here become a stem cell donor Your stem cells can give her the carefree childhood she deserves. Those wishing to register must be between the ages of 17 and 35. Potential donors of all ethnic backgrounds are welcome, according to organizers.

“Diversity in the Canadian Registry is critical,” the organizers said.

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