East Angus man looking for stem cells

Marc-André Skelling of East Angus needs help. The 23-year-old man has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer affecting the body’s white blood cells and lymph nodes. He has been told that without a viable donation of bone marrow stem cells he has less than a month to live. “We need to find a donor, it’s urgent,” said Muguette Skelling, Marc-André’s mother. “We’re inviting everyone, no matter who they are, to register with Héma-Quebec.”Bone marrow is responsible for the production of red and white blood cells in the body and therefore a bone marrow transplant can be an effective treatment for a range of blood related diseases. Depending on the context, individuals can receive a transplant either from another part of their own body, or from an outside donor.Individuals in good health who are between 18 and 35 years of age can register to donate in Quebec. Registration is done online through the Héma-Quebec website. Once registration is complete, a test kit containing a cheek swab is mailed to the registrant that must then be returned. According to Ménard, the whole process from registration to getting onto the list takes twelve weeks.Read the full story in Thursday's Record.