|Dr Asim Alam
Specialist in Anesthesiology and Transfusion Medicine (fellow) works at various hospitals around Toronto.
Stem cell therapies allow people with fatal blood disorders to survive. As a physician who works in the operating room, blood bank and blood centre, I have had a unique perspective on the treatment of blood cancers. I have not only been involved in the recruitment of stem cell donors, but I have also been involved in harvesting these crucial cells from donors. I realize the commitment necessary to save lives. Unfortunately, not everyone shares or even understands this commitment; realizes that finding suitable matches for these patients is often determined on commitment from a recipient’s ethnic community. Being a Bangladeshi-Canadian myself, I realize that if anyone of my family or my friends were afflicted with this illness, I would be at the mercy of my community for support. As a result, I believe it is imperative we all come together, as a community, to fortify our involvement in the Canadian Blood Services, One Match Program. I whole heartily support the Disharee movement and I hope you will as well: our current and future generations depend on it.