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Thompson Rivers baseball player Alex Reid is stepping up to the plate for a good cause. The Wolfpack pitcher has organized a stem cell donor clinic. Not only does Reid hope to drum up awareness for the need for stem cells, but also hopes it helps someone very close to him.
Reid's sister is in need of a blood transfusion and has yet to find a donor. The hope is that this event will help her in her search.
While the procedure sounds invasive or even scary, it is actually quite easy. The donor clinic will only require four different swabs taken from four different places in your mounth. No needles are involved.
If you are a match, you will be contacted by the Canadian Blood Services. Provided you are deemed medically eligible through physical assessment, you will be able to donate. For the exact details of the process visit the Canadian Blood Services page.
Photo Credit: Andrew Snucins/TRU WolfPack
Reid says what started as a personal cause has become a team affair with other WolfPack athletes jumping in to help.
“I am hoping to achieve a greater awareness in the young people of Kamloops about the joy not only this foundation but other organizations who help people strive for better lives."
Reid urges healthy males and females, of any ethnic background between the ages of 17 and 35 to come Thursday March 12th to between 10 - 2 to the Wolf Den on the second floor of the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC).