Stem cell test could save a life

Chatham’s Jocelyn McGlynn is battling acute myelomonocytic leukemia, and needs a stem cell transplant. Her family is asking for the public’s help and for people to be tested.

This week’s blood donor clinic at the Spirit and Life Centre in Chatham comes with a stem cell twist.

On Wednesday, between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., people can be tested to see if they are a stem-cell match with a young local woman suffering from a rare form of leukemia.

Jocelyn McGlynn, a 21-year-old Chathamite, and student at Western University, has acute myeloid leukemia. She needs a stem cell transplant.

Neither of her willing brothers are a perfect match, so McGlynn’s family hopes people will come forward at Wednesday’s clinic to be tested to see if they are a match.

The test is a simple swab test to determine if you are a match. At the clinic, people between the ages of 17 and 35 can registers as a donor.

This is the first of three swab clinics for McGlynn, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.


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