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XX XXXSTEM CELL DONATION DRIVE
Hayer: Happy Valentine’s to all of
the spouses. I agree with the statement
from the member for Surrey–
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Green Timbers. On Wednesday, February
20, the OtherHalf–Chinese Stem Cell Initiative
and Simon Fraser University lead group
students, with support from the South
Asian community, and in collaboration
with OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network
of Canadian Blood Services, will be holding
a community stem cell registry drive at
the Simon Fraser campus of Surrey.
Stem cell donations are life-savers. I
know from personal experience, because
my son Alexander Hayer, who was diagnosed
with leukemia the day after his 19th birthday,
ten years ago, is alive today because
of stem cell donation from my daughter
Sonia Hayer. I should point out that the
stem cell drive is taking place and looking
for, particularly, young males from diverse
backgrounds to register, as they apparently
make the best choice as donors. In fact,
the donations of stem cells to fight leukemia
and other horrific cancers are so important
that British Columbia has proclaimed February
20 to 27 Community Stem Cell Awareness
Week. I understand from my heart — and
those of my family, my friends and my
colleagues, such as former MLA Sindi Hawkins
— the life-saving contributions that stem
cell donations can make.
I congratulate all the volunteers for
organizing the community stem cell registry
drive, which is in honour of the recipients
and the patients Winnie Szeto and Gurjeet
Brar, who are currently searching for
stem cell donors. They are looking for
unrelated stem cell donors for themselves.
It is only through the efforts of those
in the stem cell registry drive that we
encourage greater participation in the
wonderful and deeply personal gesture
to save the lives of others. It doesn’t
cost you anything. It’s not painful. But
at the same time it’s a free gift of life
you can give to either your family member
or a stranger. I ask everybody to register
for the stem cell drive.
"I will continue to work to recognize in our justice system the rights of victims, their families and for the rights for all law-abiding Canadians; I will continue to support Seniors, Veterans , Grandparents & Families; and will continue to advocate for small business and strong economic growth, job creation, healthcare, education, transportation, international trade, balanced budget, good environment and long-term prosperity for everyone. I will always be accessible to constituents to hear their concerns and suggestions."