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Get Swabbed!

by Margot Rykhoff, Year 3 BN Coordinator

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning partnered with OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network on February 28th, 2013 to host Get Swabbed! with the goal of raising awareness of the need for registrants to join Canada’s stem cell registry. 

Over 20 School of Health Sciences students from four programs, 3rd & 4th year Bachelor of Nursing, Practical Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, & Personal Support Worker with support from faculty leads, Margot Rykhoff, Year 3 BN Coordinator, Dr. Pamela Adams, Year 4 BN Coordinator, Donna Skells, PSW Coordinator and Catherine McKee, Registered Nurse Coordinator, Health Centre participated in mandatory training with the Canadian Blood Services to participate in a “Get Swabbed” campaign at the North Campus on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. 

The School of Health Sciences in partnership with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, hosted a full day “Get Swabbed” event raising awareness of the need for potential donors for Canadians who are currently waiting for stem cell transplants. According to Canadian Blood Services, currently there are 959 Canadians waiting for stem cell transplants. 

Interested participants were asked to fill out an information form, meet with a volunteer to discuss the OneMatch program, and provide a cheek swab for a sample of skin cells for analysis.  

The OneMatch campaign was a great opportunity to develop partnerships using an interprofessional approach while working with our community to try to make a difference in someone’s life.