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This winter, we called on all eligible Canadians to join the Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry. We’re grateful that over 5,000 people answered the call to #BeAHero by registering. 

The campaign may be over, but you can still #BeAHero. Find out if you're eligible to join the Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry today. If you can’t sign up, you can still be a team player by choosing other ways to join Canada’s Lifeline.

Patients are more likely to find a match with a donor who shares their ethnic background.*

Each year, hundreds of patients in Canada need a stem cell transplant to save their life.*

As a result of COVID-19, recruitment of stem cell donors has dropped by 70%.*

75% of patients in Canada rely on a match from an unrelated donor to save their life.*

You may register to join if you are:

  • Between the age of 17 and 35. 
  • In good general health. 
  • Free of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B and C. 
  • Free of health issues including cancer, blood diseases, insulin-dependent diabetes, and certain heart conditions. 
  • Willing to be a donor to any patient in need.

Join Canada’s Stem Cell Registry and you could become a lifesaving match for one of hundreds of patients in need of a transplant:

  • Step 1 - Register online. If you're healthy and aged between 17 and 35, answer some questions and register your interest to receive a kit.
  • Step 2 - Receive your kit. Your kit will be mailed out to you along with a postage paid return envelope. 
  • Step 3 - Swab your cheek. Simply swab your cheek and send the sample back to Candian Blood Services to be added to the registry.

Research suggests that the age of a stem cell donor is one of the most important characteristics influencing patient survival following a stem cell transplant, and that younger donors are associated with better survival rates for patients who receive a stem cell transplant.

  • Make a financial donation - Make a one-time or recurring financial donation. 
  • Help raise awareness - Talk to your loved ones about joining the registry and share news on social media using the hashtag #BeAHero. 
  • Donate blood - To see if you're eligible to become a blood donor, visit blood.ca/CanadaLife.Opens a new website in a new window

The #BeAHero campaign is a Canadian Blood Service program, however, the stem cell registry is national. If you live in Quebec and would like more information on how to register to donate stem cells, visit Héma-QuébecOpens a new website in a new window for more details. 

Find out if you're eligible to join the Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry and sign up to #BeAHero. If you can’t sign up, you can still be a team player by choosing other ways to join Canada’s Lifeline.

Canadian Blood Services is a registered charity — Charitable Registration no. 870157641RR001. 
Héma-Québec is a registered charity - Charitable Registration no. 897134623RR0001.

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