Donating stem cells
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How do stem cell donations help?
Blood stem cell transplants can treat over 80 diseases and disorders, including:
Various types of blood cancers such as leukemia, or lymphoma.
Bone marrow deficiency diseases such as thalassemia or sickle cell disease.
Aplastic anemia (the lack of normal blood cell production).
Inherited immune system and metabolic disorders.
Our bodies constantly manufacture blood stem cells because without them, the consequences can be life-threatening.
Why Robbie donated
Robbie Faraday was in his first year of university when he met fellow first-year student Mackenzie Curran, a stem cell transplant recipient and cancer survivor.
After learning about her health experiences and the need for ethnic diversity within the stem cell registry, he thought about his own mixed ancestry and decided to take the next step.
What are stem cells?
Blood stem cells are immature cells that can develop into the cells present in the bloodstream, including:
- Red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.
- White blood cells, which fight infections.
- Platelets, which help control bleeding.
Blood stem cells are not embryonic stem cells. They come from bone marrow, circulating (peripheral) blood or umbilical cord blood. When patients need a stem cell transplant, it means that their bone marrow (stem cell factory) has failed due to an illness.
Patients who undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment may also need a transplant of healthy stem cells to help heal and re-boost their immune system.
Learn more about donating stem cells
Being informed is a vital process in becoming a registered blood stem cell donor. Explore our resources and understand what it means to join Canada's national stem cell registry.
Collection and transplant hospital resources
Access official documents and forms for collection and transplant hospitals.
About Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry
Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry-formerly known as the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network-is dedicated to recruiting and finding healthy, committed volunteer donors for patients in need of blood stem cell transplants. We belong to an international network of registries comprising over 80 participating countries, with over 40 million donors from around the world.
Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry operates according to international standards established by the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), the international organization that promotes the ethical, technical, medical and financial aspects of stem cell transplantation. We coordinate searches in Canada and with other international registries to work towards a single goal: helping patients get the blood stem cells they need.