The November 16 #GETSWABBED event in honour of Sydney Bikadi saw dozens of community members participate to help ensure stem cell therapy is there when people need it.

Big smiles all around at the #GETSWABBED event on Wednesday, November 16. From left to right: Greg Bikadi, Bernadine Sampson, Sydney Bikadi, Health & Healing nurse Patricia Zant and Trudi Goels from Canadian Blood Services.

Big smiles all around at the #GETSWABBED event on Wednesday, November 16.
From left to right: Greg Bikadi, Bernadine Sampson, Sydney Bikadi, Health & Healing nurse Patricia Zant and Trudi Goels from Canadian Blood Services.

Councillor Greg Bikadi, his wife Bernadine Sampson and their daughter, stem cell therapy recipient Sydney Bikadi, would like to thank the 42 people who joined the Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch stem cell donation program.

The event, appropriately called #GETSWABBED, was held in conjunction with the Líl̓wat Health & Healing’s Health Fair on Wednesday, November 16. The generosity of so many people means potentially more matches for First Nations people across Canada needing this vital therapy, as ethnicity plays a significant part in matching donors with recipients.

Thanks to a generous donor, Sydney who was diagnosed earlier this year with acute myeloid leukemia is doing well and expected to make a full recovery.