A second swabbing clinic to help find a donor match for a young Manotick girl is taking place today. Hillary McKibbin, who just turned 6, has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. It’s a rare, fatal blood disorder meaning her bone marrow does not produce enough red cells, white cells, and platelets. Hillary has to undergo regular blood transfusions to keep her alive.
Aplastic Anemia affects approximately one in one million people, per year. Curing the disease requires a perfect bone marrow match. Finding a donor match begins with a test that involves a swab of the cheek. Canadian Blood Services will be at St. Francis Xavier High School for the second time in 2 weeks, collecting cheek swabs from 3 until 6 PM today, Thursday, July 4th.
A simple swab of your cheek could lead to you saving a life. Even if you are not a match for young Hillary, you may be for someone else.
St. Francis Xavier High School is located at 3740 Spratt Rd, in Gloucester.
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