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October 14, 2008
Media Advisory: 9-1-1 dispatcher calls on the public for help
The following media advisory is being distributed on behalf of the Canadian Blood Services and OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.

Jessica Pessoa, a 22-year-old Emergency Medical Services dispatcher for the City of Toronto, has helped hundreds of Torontonians who have called 9-1-1 in a medical emergency. Now she is battling Leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant and blood transfusions.

Since Jessica has not found a match within her own family she, like 70 per cent of patients, is searching for a stem cell donor through the OneMatch Network.

Representatives from all three of Toronto's emergency services - EMS, Fire and Police - will lend their support tomorrow at a Canadian Blood Services blood donor clinic and OneMatch information event. Jessica will share her story and promote registration on the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network to help her, and the hundreds of other Canadians on the list, find a match for a stem cell transplant.

Date: Wednesday, October 15
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Toronto EMS and Toronto Fire Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. (access from Lodestar Rd.)(parking is available in the church parking lot, just north of the building)

Media contacts:
Tami Clark, Canadian Blood Services, 1-705-627-8918,
Lyla Miller, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-708-8125,



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