143 sign up for bone marrow registry

Jennifer Weber swabs the cheek of a Decco worker for the bone marrow registry.

Two bone marrow donor registry drives over the past month resulted in 143 people from Davenport Development and Decco Ltd. joining the Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry’s donor list.

The registry hopes to sign up 1,000 potential donors across the Caribbean by the end of the year, according to a press release, to help patients in need of a bone marrow transplant find a match.

They were the third and fourth donor list drives.

At a recent drive at the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa construction site in West Bay, 83 potential donors signed up.

The drive was facilitated by Rohan Marshall, senior manager at Decco Ltd.

“You have to break the stigma that accompanies bone marrow donation and registration,” Mr. Marshall said in the release.

“Many people are unaware of what the donation process is actually like [and] we’ve had to spend a couple of weeks going through that process.”

Decco worker Michael Jefferson was among those who signed on to the registry.

Jennifer Weber, operations manager at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, with Rohan Marshall, senior manager at Decco Ltd.
Jennifer Weber, operations manager at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, with Rohan Marshall, senior manager at Decco Ltd.

“I don’t mind helping people,” he said. “If it came to a situation where I would need the help, I would really like it if someone helped me out, so I decided to get registered. The process was quick and not difficult at all.”

Mr. Marshall said the decision to host the registry drive was an easy one.

“It’s good for us, number one, but more importantly it’s good for the community as a whole,” he said. “When we have a situation like this, with many regional employees working one location, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference.”

He encourages other businesses to contact the Cayman Islands Cancer Society about hosting their own drive.

“What if you get sick 10 years from now and you need to find a donor? You would hope that your family members can or will help you, but if they are unable to, what comes next?” said Mr. Marshall.

On July 6, the Flowers Group donated US$75,000 to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society to support the Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry.

It costs $75 to add someone to the registry, said Jennifer Weber, operations manager at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, noting that the Flowers’s donation means 1,000 people can be added to the Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry.

For more information, call the Cayman Islands Cancer Society at 949-7618.

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