Stem Cell Club aims to improve the quality and quantity of membership on Canada’s stem cell donor database. Our work improves the chances that patients in-need of stem cell transplantation will find the one match they need to save their lives.
In addition to our efforts to advance stem cell donor recruitment in Canada, our group works to advance Canada's blood health, including through blood donor recruitment and by supporting the activities of Canadian Blood Services.
Altogether, our work promote the health of Canadians by improving Canada's blood and stem cell supply for patients in-need of these treatments.
In addition, our club trains students to advocate for patients in need of stem cell transplant, and to develop leadership and teamwork skills. We instruct volunteers to secure informed consent and to identify and correct medical errors.
Interested to volunteer with us? Sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CL6JMLF
Check out our whiteboard video on Stem Cell Donation (see promotions tab for short versions)
Why We Swab - stories from people impacted by stem cell donation.
Why We Swab aims to raise awareness about the ongoing need for stem cell donors. We are building a library of Canadian stories in stem cell donation – stories from donors and recipients of stem cells, patients searching for a match, families and caregivers, and transplant staff. Through sharing these stories, we hope to illustrate the reason why people sign up as potential stem cell donors, why they donate, and the people, families, and communities they impact.
Stem Cell Club Summary Statistics as of September 2019
Over 17,500 donors recruited since 2011
80% of males are ages 17-25
60% of males self-identify as non-Caucasian
We register 20% of stem cell donors recruited to Canada’s stem cell donor registry every year
We have recruited 4% of all donors currently listed on Canada's donor registry