Donor clinic a busy one

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Chatham’s Chris Oveka gives blood Jan. 7 at the Spirit and Life Center in Chatham. Oveka also registered as a stem cell donor.

Hundreds of people took part in the recent blood donor clinic at the Spirit and Life Centre, some with an added incentive: Jocelyn McGlynn.

The Chatham native and student at Western University has acute myeloid leukemia. She needs a stem cell transplant.

The Jan. 7 blood donor clinic served as a place to register as a stem cell donor for people between the ages of 17 and 35.

Neither of McGlynn’s willing brothers are a perfect match, so McGlynn’s family hopes the public will yield a match.

Local businessman Chris Oveka attended the clinic, to give blood and register as a stem cell donor.

“I’m a blood donor, but I rarely go,” he said. “This was more to help out someone in the community who needs it. I don’t know her (McGlynn) personally, but I know a couple of her family members.”

He said giving blood and registering as a stem cell donor didn’t cost him anything.

Oveka said he wasn’t the only one seeking to help McGlynn, as the clinic was “packed.”

Registering to be a stem cell donor was easy, he added, and the swabbing process, in four corners of the mouth, was a simple affair.

This was the first of three swab clinics for McGlynn.

For more information on stem cell donating, visit https://blood.ca/en/stem-cells/donating-stem-cells.

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