Matchis is a Dutch foundation that enables patients with leukaemia and other severe blood disorders to receive stem cell transplantation, by finding a matching donor as quickly as possible.
The Matchis Foundation makes sure those patients with leukaemia and other serious blood disorders who need a stem cell transplant as quickly as possible, get the most suitable donor.
These transplants are vital for the patient to survive. If no suitable donor can be found, there is a great chance that they will die.
For a stem cell transplant to be successful, it is essential that the donor’s stem cells match the patient’s stem cells. That is why doctors first turn to the patient’s family. If no suitable stem cell donor is found within the family (and that is the case for 70% of all patients), Matchis starts a global search for a suitable, unrelated donor – someone who is prepared to donate stem cells to a patient that they don’t even know.
To find one matching donor, we need a large amount of potential donors. The chance that two random people will match is very small. Therefore, it is important that as many people as possible sign up.
About the workshop:
What to do when you’re a small foundation but want to reach all the students in The Netherlands?
In June, Matchis is organizing a big event for students in the whole country. June is not far away from now so time management is important.
Matches will discuss the question above and other subjects with the students during an interactive workshop.
The students will discuss and brainstorm in small groups and search for solutions.
For this workshop it’s important to think out of the box and be creative to find a good answer.