The Ezra Marfo Cancer Foundation (EMCF) honours the legacy of Ezra Frimpong Marfo, a two-year old Alberta, Canada, boy who succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer in September 2022. Ezra was born in Lac La Biche, Alberta to Jacob and Bridget. He loved the simple things in life and enjoyed singing “Jesus Loves Me This I know” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.
He was diagnosed with RAM phenotype Acute Myeloid Leukemia in May of 2021. Ezra received treatment at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, for 475 days. A major component of the treatment Ezra needed was stem cell transplant. Unfortunately, there was no perfect match for him in the Stem Cells Registry. With support from hundreds of volunteers across Canada, Ezra’s dad embarked on stem cells drives to find a match for his son. Sadly, no match was found before Ezra went to be with his Maker.
Working in partnership with the Canadian Blood Services, and other agencies, this Foundation seeks to increase the number and diversity of stem cell registrants in Canada. This Foundation also aims to provide support to families whose children are receiving Cancer treatment in Canada.
The Ezra Marfo Cancer Foundation:
Conducts stem cell donor drives to increase both the number and diversity of potential donors.
Conducts stem cell and cancer education, with focus on visible minorities.
Provide support to cancer patients and their families.