The Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society was named after Constable Bruce Denniston, an RCMP member, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 1987. His only hope for long term survival was a bone marrow transplant. None of his family members were compatible donors, and so an unrelated donor was sought. The One Match Donor Registry formerly the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry was in its infancy at the time and had few registered donors.
It was as a result of Bruce’s need that his colleagues in the RCMP and the community of Powell River, B.C., rallied to his cause and spread the word about the need for donors, not only for Bruce , but for all patients in similar circumstances. This led to a ground swell of initiatives including the formation of the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society. Thus from the beginning, the RCMP and it’s employees provided support to the objectives of the Society. Although a donor match was eventually found for Bruce, unfortunately the disease had ravaged his body for too long, and he was unable to recover from the transplant.
The Society continues to raise money to help the Registry find donor matches as quickly and effectively as possible. This partnership between the Registry and the Society, in its second decade, is committed to a common goal of saving as many lives as possible. Attaining this objective means that every man, woman and child, needing a bone marrow transplant, can have hope for a second chance at life.