Alex Pasichnyk is an 11-year-old girl from St. Albert who has been unable to start Grade 6 this year because she is fighting for her life. In June, Alex was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia with PNH clone, a disease which affects her bone marrow’s production of red blood cells and is very difficult to treat. She underwent intense IV drug therapy in hopes her bone marrow would recover, but should it fail, Alex would would require intense chemotherapy and radiation to prepare for an immediate bone marrow transplant.
There is a bone marrow drive being organized to hopefully find a match for her:
Bone Marrow Donor Drive
Saturday, November 25
11am to 2pm
St. Albert Servus Place
Tuesday, November 28
9am to 12pm
McEwan University, Robbins Pavilion
Tuesday, December 12
3:30pm to 6pm
Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School, Sherwood Park
Potential donors for Alex are between the age of 17 – 35 years old and of Polish, Ukrainian, or English descent. Anyone interested in participating is still encouraged to do so, regardless of their ethnic back ground as over 800 people in Canada are also in need of a match.
At the event, you will register at OneMatch.ca, part of Canadian Blood Services, complete a health questionnaire and provide a cheek swab. You can also participate online and receive a swab kit by mail to do on your own and send back with pre-paid postage. If a donor is found there are various ways of harvesting the stem cells, the most common way is very similar to a blood donation. Please be assured if at any time you choose not to donate that is completely acceptable.