Stem cell stories of giving and gratitude

Donors and recipients share their stories in a new video

April 17, 2020

Stem cells from an unrelated donor saved the life of Roshlind Kate Mance (right).

 Stem cells from an unrelated donor saved the life of Roshlind Kate Mance (right).

Stem cells can be used to help patients with many conditions, from leukemia, to aplastic anemia, to a variety of inherited immune and metabolic disorders. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on stem cell transplantation. That includes travel bans and flight limitations which make it more difficult to transport stem cells internationally.  

For this reason we expect transplant centres in Canada will rely more than ever on Canadian donors to provide lifesaving matches for patients.  We urge healthy Canadians between 17 and 35 years of age to register online and order their swab kit to be delivered in the mail. 

Want to know more about what it’s like to donate? Or how stem cells save lives? Donors and recipients shared their experiences in our new video.  

  • Roshlind Kate Mance received a transplant from an anonymous donor   
  • Colleen LeCours got a chance to thank her unrelated donor, Timothy White, in person.  
  • Melissa Deleary got the call to donate stem cells several years after joining Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry. 

Have you already joined the registry? We thank you for your commitment. It’s also critically important that you let us know when your contact information changes. A lifesaving stem cell transplant can only proceed if we are able to locate a matching donor. You can update your information by logging into your account or by calling us toll free at 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). We also appreciate being advised if your health status changes, as it may affect your ability to donate. 

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