Swab up for stem cells

Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry recruits volunteer donors who can give blood stem cells to patients in need. Right now, our stem cell registry isn’t ethnically diverse enough to match every patient in need. If you’re between the ages of 17-35, you could be the life-saving match they’ve been waiting for.

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Registering to be a stem cell donor

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Step 1

Register Online

Check your eligibility with a 2-minute health questionnaire and create your Canadian Blood Services account.

Once you’re registered, a free swab kit will be delivered to your address in 1-3 weeks.

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Step 2

Swab Up

Once you receive your swab kit, you can collect your own sample by gently swabbing the insides of your cheeks. When you’re done, just mail it back to us at any post office or drop box, free of charge with postage included.

Once your genetic sample has been tested, you’ll be officially added to the registry.

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Step 3

Show Up

It can take a month or years to find a match. Make sure your health and contact information are up to date so we can reach you when the time comes.

We know plans can change over time. If you’re no longer able to donate, please contact us to update your commitment.

How stem cell donation works