Clinic to Help Find Stem Cell Match for Teen

By David Klassen

Noor Deol (HANDOUT)

A 14-year-old Ontario boy battling leukemia will be the focus of a cheek swab clinic in Winnipeg today to find a stem cell match.

Noor Deol is getting the help from the Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network at a one-day clinic at 1244 Mollard Road.

The clinic is being organized by Mandeep Khosa, who has never met the boy, but was very inspired by his story and has stepped up to help. Khosa says they’re looking for anyone between the ages of 17 and 50.

Noor is being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, and the best chance of finding a stem cell match is within his own South Asian heritage.

Potential donors must be able to communicate in English and will need to bring their provincial health card.

The swab clinic is expected to attract about 500 people and will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.