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Stem cell swab event Thursday in Nanaimo

If you’ve ever considered becoming a stem cell donor, there’s a perfect opportunity to sign up this week in Nanaimo.

Canadian Blood Services is hosting a OneMatch swab event on Thursday to help find a match for a young man from the Lower Mainland.

David Patterson, BC’s Director of Donor Relations, says they want to find a stem cell match for a patient named Jay.

Patterson says only 25% of patients who need a stem cell transplant can find a match within their own family.

All it takes is a quick cheek swab, and then you’re added to the OneMatch data base.

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The stem cell clinic is happening Thursday at Beban Park from 3:00pm-7:00pm.


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