Celebrate Mother's Day - Give Life on May 5 - 6

May 3, 2018 | News

Thanks Mom Give Life 2018Thanks Mom Give Life 2018

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to honour Mom than by helping to Give Life to others as she had given life to you! You can:

  • donate blood if 17+(blood donor clinic on Saturday, May 5)
  • register as a potential stem cell donor if between 17-35 (swabbing event May 5 & 6)
  • register as a potential organ/tissue donor (with BC Transplant)
  • learn about cord blood donation

Thanks Mom Give Life is a volunteer run event raising public awareness about the vital importance of Canadian Blood Services and how Canadians can contribute. Did you know that 1 in 2 Canadians can give blood but only 1 in 60 actually do? Did you know that matching blood for transfusion is not dependent on your ethnicity or race but that matching stem cells for transplantation is?

A patient’s ethnicity/race determines his/her chance of a successful stem cell match and currently, Canadian Blood Service’s stem cell and bone marrow network (OneMatch) has severe under-representation in many ethnic groups as seen in the chart of Ethnic Composition of OneMatch (unrelated bone marrow and stem cell registry).

You can change that! All it takes is 15 minutes of your time and a cheek swab! If you are between ages 17-35, healthy and willing to donate stem cells (if you are a match), register at Thanks Mom Give Life event on May 5 & 6. The more potential donors registered, the greater chance of matching stem cells for a patient in need. Even though you register, you may or not be asked to donate. Only if you match!

Currently, there are approximately 900 patients across Canada needing an unrelated stem cell donor. See our social media for these local patient stories. Could YOU be the match for them?

Come join us on May 5 & 6 at Thanks Mom Give Life 2018 at Surrey’s Guildford Town Centre (Centre Court) and register as a potential stem cell or organ/tissue donor. Or, donate blood (May 5 only) at Surrey’s Canadian Blood Services clinic.

This Mother’s Day, honour Mom by helping to Give Life to others!

For further information, contact us at info@thanksmom.org or visit our website.

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