Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Robertson College and OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Registration Event - Winnipeg


Winnipeg Medical Laboratory Assistant students and Canadian Blood Services team up to save lives


Canadian Blood Services will be on-campus running a OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow information and registration event next week in Winnipeg. Please drop by their booth; you could be a potential lifesaving match for a very sick patient! 

Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Student Lounge, 265 Notre Dame Ave. Campus, Winnipeg

If you are unable to attend the on-campus event, you can register online here.

The most common need for a stem cell transplant is to treat certain forms of blood cancers or blood disorders, which may cause an inability to generate healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen or healthy platelets that control excess bleeding.

Most often, a stem cell transfusion is a patient's last chance at recovery.



 More Information on Becoming a Stem Cell Donor

 

Registering to be a Stem Cell Donor

  • Must be between the ages of 17 - 35
  • Complete a 10-minute Personal Information & Health Questionnaire
  • Provide a swab of the inside of your cheek
  • Your information will be safely and securely transferred to OneMatch to be entered into our donor database

What It Means to Donate

Not everyone who registers with OneMatch will be matched to a patient and asked to donate, but each registrant provides hope for those waiting. There are 2 methods a registrant could be asked to donate; blood donation (majority of the time) or from the bone marrow. 

Why Younger is Better

Currently, Canada's stem cell network is comprised of over 365,000 searchable registrants. Only 44% of the network's composition contains potential donors 17 - 35 years old and only 19% of the network's composition are males agend 17 to 35. In the last year, 80% of donors used for Canadian patientis were under the age of 36.


Great Need for Ethnically Diverse Individuals

A person's best chance of finding a matching donor is among those with similar ancestry. With the current registry being 75% Caucasian, Canadian Blood Services needs to register more ethnically diverse individuals to be more representative of the Canadian population.

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