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PRBCs, Platelets and Beyond

PRBC, Platelets and Beyond

It’s been over a year but I’d like to once again advocate for the Canadian Blood Services/OneMatch program who participate in the international coordination of human stem cells and marrow. I currently volunteer my time to courier products from donor to recipient and have decided to take the plunge and sign up to donate my own stem cells. Being a nurse, it’s now instinctual to document everything - so here you go!

First Steps

The swabbing kit is the first step of the stem cell donation process. A simple one page questionnaire/consent form and four buccal (cheek) swabs were inside of the kit. After completing both I submitted it to a local Canadian Blood Services collection centre and now wait to find out if I’m a potential match for someone in need of the cells. I discovered that it can take months to years to find a match, so it’s important to complete the kit as soon as you decide to be a donor.

What Happens once I’m Matched with a potential Recipient?

Once a match is made, both parties undergo an intensive health review first with a nurse over the phone, then with a physician at the collection site. One of two donations can take place 1. Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation and 2. Bone Marrow Stem Cell Donation. Visit to read more about the collection process.

Who Will I be Helping?

Stem cell transplantation helps numerous diseases and disorders including leukemias, lymphomas, inherited immune system and metabolic disorders. To start your own donation journey go to

I encourage everyone to visit a donation clinic near you to see how you can help.

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