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Community Comes Together for Whitecourt Woman Battling Illness

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January 28, 2019 at 12:29 pm - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

Hundreds of people showed their support over the weekend for a local Whitecourt woman battling a disease.

Taryn Wold, a teacher and new mother in Whitecourt was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in November, and her best chance of survival is to receive a stem cell transplant.

Two donor drives were held to help find Taryn a stem cell match, and to get more people on the donor registry. One was held on Friday at the Allan and Jean Millar Centre and the second on Saturday night at the Scott Safety Centre during the Wolverines game.

Taryn on people coming together to support her.

OneMatch was on hand along with community volunteers to show participants how to swab the inside of their cheeks to donate cells. After filling out an application and answering some questions, the swabs are taken away in a kit and put into the stem cell donor bank. Kits can be kept in the bank until a person turns 60, and at any time they can be notified if their stem cell kits match a potential recipient. A person can then consent to give a donation or decline.

While anyone between the ages of 17 and 35 can donate, males are sought after more than females, as their stem cells have a higher possibility of being matches. Males also make up only 20 percent of the donor registry.

Taryn says she already has two possible matches lined up and is now awaiting further test results to see if the markers in those two matches line up enough to be usable.

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