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The OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, operated by Canadian Blood Services, had nearly 360,000 registrants at the end of March 2015. As the first collection and processing facilities of Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank became fully operational this year, the supply of stem cells was further expanded.


Cara Siu and Julia Carr

In Vancouver, friends Cara Siu (left with Jasper) and Julia Carr (with Kirk) had their babies the same day and both donated their umbilical cords to Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank. The mixed ethnicity of Cara’s baby adds welcome diversity to the national stem cell pool.