Doctor’s Note

Doctor’s Note

undefined 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.

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