“They need to understand that there is urgency.”
Brenda Goossen, family friend and organizer of Thursday’s OneMatch event at Willingdon Church in Burnaby says around 40 people showed up to get their cheek swabbed.
And although she says the more people the better…
“We’re also hoping for the right person.”
But Goossen says these events help future ones.
“The person that came might go home and tell three other friends.”
She adds there’s hundreds of Joshuas in Canada who need saving.
“In the event that you are a match, you are literally saving someone’s life. For 80 percent of the time, it just means you’re giving blood. Stem cells can be taken from your blood.”
Joshua was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia in January.
He is of Icelandic, British, Caribbean and Filipino descent which makes it harder to find a match.
Another event will be held May 12th in Richmond, at Matthew McNair High School from 10AM to 5PM.