What an incredible turnout! The #StartWithHilary campaign brought in 700 people who all signed up to be a donor to the national Stem Cell Registry with the help of Canadian Blood Services. They ran out of donor kits and unfortunately had to turn people away. Normally a similar event would attract about 50 people. Hillary’s parents are so grateful for the support. Another drive will be taking place next week, July 4th, again at St. Francis Xavier High School in Riverside South. This time from 3 to 6 pm!
If Ottawa knows how to do anything, it’s how come together as a community. And that’s what we need to do for the little girl you see in the photo above.
Her name is Hillary, and she’s just 5 years old (about to turn 6). Unfortunately she doesn’t live the life of a normal 5 year old. Hillary has an extremely rare and fatal disease if left untreated called Aplastic Anemia. This disease causes Hillary’s bone marrow to stop producing enough red cells, white cells, and platelets. She requires blood transfusions to keep her alive.
She cannot attend school and requires around the clock care. The only thing that can save her life is a bone marrow transplant. But she requires a donor. Unfortunately her 8 year old sister is not a perfect match.
Which is why the event you can see in this tweet above is being held. This coming Monday (June 24th) in honor of Hillary’s 6th birthday, please consider stopping by the St. Francis Xavier high school on Spratt rd between 3 pm and 7 pm to #GetSwabbed. Young male donors provide the best outcomes but female donors are also welcome! You just need to be between the ages of 17 and 35.
And please consider joining the World Marrow Donor Association registry. There are 800 people in Canada alone looking for their match. You could save a life.
Hillary is also planning a huge awareness campaign on the day of her birthday (Wednesday june 26th). She hopes to target Drake and the Raptors to get some help spreading the word. Watch her video below!
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