ABMDR Establishes Presence in Israel, Making It 30th Country in its Global Network

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Dr. Sevak Avagyan during his presentation at the Armenian Community Center of Jerusalem.

Dr. Sevak Avagyan during his presentation at the Armenian Community Center of Jerusalem.

Inaugural outreach and recruitment organized by Jerusalem’s Armenian community

LOS ANGELES—With its first-ever public event held in Jerusalem late last month, the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry expanded its mission to Israel, making it the 30th country in the global network of countries where ABMDR actively advances its mission, in close collaboration with local Armenian communities.

On November 23, ABMDR Executive Director Dr. Sevak Avagyan and ABMDR President Dr. Frieda Jordan held an outreach and recruitment event at the Armenian Community Center of Jerusalem. The groundbreaking event, attended by scores of new supporters, was organized by Noyemi Nalbandian, a member of the Armenian National Committee of Jerusalem as well as a representative of the city’s Armenian Relief Society and Homenetmen chapters.

From left: Dr. Frieda Jordan, community leader Noyemi Nalbandian, and Dr. Sevak Avagyan

From left: Dr. Frieda Jordan, community leader Noyemi Nalbandian, and Dr. Sevak Avagyan

In her opening remarks, Nalbandian welcomed Doctors Avagyan and Jordan and praised the work of ABMDR, urging members of the Jerusalem Armenian community to join the organization as potential bone marrow stem cell donors. Subsequently Dr. Avagyan delivered a thorough presentation on ABMDR’s worldwide activities and goals, and stressed the vital importance of maintaining a large, international registry of donors for the chance to save lives.

Following Dr. Avagyan’s presentation, many young attendants joined the ranks of ABMDR. On her part, Mrs. Nalbandian announced that she will soon organize additional ABMDR outreach and recruitment events in other Armenian communities in Israel, with the full support of the institutions she represents.

A scene from the donor recruitment

A scene from the donor recruitment

“Adding Israel to the network of countries with an ABMDR presence is a major milestone in the history of our organization,” Dr. Jordan said. “Dr. Avagyan and I were delighted to meet members of Jerusalem’s Armenian community and introducing ABMDR’s life-saving mission to them. On this occasion, as we welcome our newest members from among the dynamic Armenian community of Jerusalem, I would like to convey our deep gratitude to Mrs. Noyemi Nalbandian for believing in our cause, and for her avid support in organizing our first outreach and recruitment in the city.”

Established in 1999, ABMDR, a nonprofit organization, helps Armenians and non-Armenians worldwide survive life-threatening blood-related illnesses by recruiting and matching donors to those requiring bone marrow stem cell transplants. To date, the Registry has recruited over 29,000 donors in 30 countries across four continents, identified 4,482 patients, and facilitated 31 bone marrow transplants. For more information, call (323) 663-3609 or visit abmdr.am.

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