MSS Swab The World

Club week video

About the club

Stem cell transplants represent hope, and often, a second chance at life for patients with a wide variety of hematological and metabolic diseases such as blood cancers. However, the diagnosis of blood cancer means something drastically different depending on your ethnicity or the colour of your skin. Patients are most likely to find a compatible stem cell donor who shares their ethnicity and ancestry; however, our stem cell donor registries lack diversity. 70% of the Canadian registry is Caucasian, while it is only 15% Asian, 2% Arab, 1% Black, and less than 1% Métis —greatly reducing the odds that a non-Caucasian Canadian will find a compatible stem cell donor. MSS Swab The World aims to make blood cancer a fairer fight for all Canadians by building awareness for the critical need of stem cell donors; in particular, in underrepresented ethnic groups, and recruiting informed and committed individuals to register to become stem cell donors at McGill University and in the greater Montreal community.

Contact information

Co-PresidentLilly Groszman, class of
Co-PresidentSophie Zhu, DMD
Swab Talk team memberAdam
Gatineau leadCariane
Fundraising Team MembersCathy
Fundraising team membersEliana
SSMU RepresentativeErica
Desautels RepGabriel
Nutrition Rep in OutaouaisGülnigar Renée
Nursing RepJayme
VP FinanceJonathan
Fundraising team membersMegan
Dentistry RepMica
Arts RepMorgan
Swab Talk LeadNoémie
Nursing RepRex
Interprofessional Collaboration LeadSamantha
Fundraising LeadSarah
Co-Swab Talk LeadSarah
Co-Communications DirectorSascha
Communications team memberStella Maria
Neuroscience RepZoe
Nursing RepRose Sé
Co-Swab Talk LeadYaman
Gatineau leadShuang
Communications DirectorJennifer
High School/CEGEP Talk MembersVerina
Swab Talk DirectorThalia
High school, cegep talk membersGulraaj
High school/CEGEP Talk MemberMatthew
Donor/Recipient CoordinatorHan Halyssa
High School/CEGEP Talk MembersBoaz
Fundraising Team MembersTaylor
Communications Team MemberSophie
Swab Talk TeamAlessio
Swab Talk Team MemberTeodora
Communications team memberSeoyoung