Vancouver Canucks' Erik Gudbranson lends support to #MenGiveLife campaign
Gudbranson's younger brother Dennis was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2002
The Vancouver Canucks' Erik Gudbranson wants more young men to sign up as stem cell donors.
The new defenceman is lending his name and support to the #MenGiveLife campaign, organized by the Canadian Blood Services.
Gudbranson's younger brother, Dennis, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2002. He received a bone marrow transplant in 2004 from a woman in Newfoundland.
"My brother is here 12 years later, a healthy young man," the Canucks player said Thursday.
"It's a positive story but there's so much more to be done."
More young men needed
The Canadian Blood Services says there are 750 patients currently waiting for stem cell donors, and men aged 17 to 35 would make the most optimal matches for those people.
"For many of these people, a stem cell match is often the only hope for recovery so it's very important we find those matches."
"This is something we as the Gudbranson family hold very near and dear to our hearts," he said.
"They're often tough and brutal situations that for the most part unfortunately do not have the best outcomes."
"I think it's extremely important and very empowering to know that a simple swab can help save someone's life," he said.