Marrow Donor Recruitment and Awareness
At The Icla da Silva Foundation, we hold over 2,000 bone marrow drives every year. Our staff educates people about how easy it is to save a life by joining the Be The Match Registry, and what it entails to sing up as a bone marrow donor.
By holding marrow drives in schools, universities, churches and different organizations across the country, we teach communities the steps of marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donation. We want to make sure those who Join the Registry will be willing to make a donation in case they are a match to a patient in need.
As patients with a racially diverse background face a greater challenge in finding a donor, we work closely with the Hispanic, Asian, African and Native American communities to raise awareness about the need for a more diverse registry. With a multicultural staff and a large network of volunteers and organizations, we tailor campaigns and educational programs according to the need of each community.
Patient Support Services
At The Icla da Silva Foundation, we know what it means to have a loved one suffering from a critical medical condition, so we take to our hearts the mission of supporting our patients and their families.
Assisting families from the United States and abroad, we provide patients with information, financial and emotional support. We often work closely with family members of patients looking for a bone marrow donor and we tailor marrow drives according to the patient’s ethnicity.
We also refer patients to treatment centers across the country according to the patient’s condition, so that different medical opinions can be taken into account. We also help families to navigate the confusing medical care system.
Donor Management Center
As a donor management center, The Icla da Silva Foundation works closely with pontentially matched donors and provides them the necessary support to facilitate their bone marrow donation. With a multicultural and multilingual staff, the Foundation works closely with transplant centers to ensure every matching donor receives assistance and guidance throughout the whole process.