NYSCF Friend Seun Adebiyi Creates First Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria
NYSCF sends congratulations to aspiring 2014 Winter Olympian, lawyer, and friend of the organization Seun Adebiyi for his lifesaving work in creating the first bone marrow registry in Nigeria. Because it is a public bank, the registry will offer hope not only to millions of Nigerians suffering from blood disorders, but also to patients around the globe who currently face difficulty in finding bone marrow matches for treatment. In the United States alone, African-American patients have less than a 17% chance of finding a bone marrow match, compared to a 70% chance of a match for Caucasian patients. The registry will improve the odds that patients with African ancestry around the world will find a suitable donor by linking patients and donors based in Nigeria with international donor pools.