With the stress of exams and the excitement of the upcoming holiday season hanging in the air, 20-year old Crystal Nguyen sits behind a small booth in the middle of her college campus, while her fellow students buzz by.
It all started with a sharp pain in Vinesha Ramasamy’s left knee. An x-ray revealed a mass. As her oncologist put it, it was “the worst case of high-grade osteosarcoma” he’d ever seen. At 15 years old she was diagnosed with bone cancer.
After successfully reaching the goal of $12.5 million in financial donations, Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank is fully operational, with five collection hospitals across Canada, and holds some of the world’s highest quality, ethnically diverse cord blood units.