GLENDALE–More than $300,000 was raised Sunday during a five-hour telethon organized by the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, organizers reported.
Through the efforts of scores of dedicated volunteers, donors and organizers, the ABMDR launched its "Be An Angel, Save A Life" Campaign. Funds raised from the telethon will be used to establish a Stem Cell Harvesting Center in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia.
The telethon was broadcast from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday on Horizon Television and four other Armenian channels. It was also webcast on ambdr.am and horizonarmeiantv.com.
Organizers reported that the donors continued to call and pledge funds well after the telethon stopped broadcasting. Donations may still be made by visiting www.ambdr.am.
The telethon made a broad appeal to the public to provide the final capstone funding for a project that has attracted initial support from the Lincy Foundation, private individuals, ABMDR Board member Carolann Najarian, the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club, and supporters who attended the organization’s fifth Anniversary fundraising concert last year. These initial funds have allowed the ABMDR to purchase a cell separator instrument, and begin remodeling of the facility.
With additional contributions garnered from the telethon, the ABMDR hopes to fully fund the Center which, when established, will bring the life-saving procedure of stem cell transplantation within the reach of many more patients with leukemia and other life-threatening blood diseases, and will play a vital role in the treatment of other diseases such as cancers, diabetes, and heart ailmen’s.
The Center will also bring state-of-the-art medical and research technology to Armenia, transforming Yerevan into a regional center for stem cell harvesting and blood component separation, bringing not only revenues from other countries in the region, but positioning the Center as a vital and active player among international transplantation centers worldwide. Like the Registry itself, the Center will be internationally accredited, opening new doors for global collaborations in medicine and scientific research.
The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry is the first and only organization of its kind in the Caucasus region and was founded in 1999 as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that every ethnic Armenian struck with a life-threatening blood-related illness is able to find hope for long-term survival through the identification of a genetically suitable bone marrow match.