Theirs are some of the most impressive names in the sci-fi sphere:   Amanda Tapping   (Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary);   Simon Barry   (Continuum, Ghost Wars);   Leah Cairns   (Travelers);   Aleks Paunovic   (Van Helsing, War for the Planet of the Apes);   Chelsey Reist   (The 100);   Rukiya Bernard   (Van Helsing). And now, these sci-fi standouts are coming together for a single out-of-this-world afternoon in support of a 4-year-old sci-fi fan who needs all the help the universe can muster.  Straight Out of Sci-Fi: A star-studded sci-fi fundraiser for 4-year-old Luke McLetchie puts these sci-fi stars in conversation with award-winning film and TV journalist   Sabrina Furminger   (YVR Screen Scene). The event offers a kind of “Inside the Actors Studio” but with a sci-fi – and charitable – twist. Also on the schedule: silent and live auctions of rare and unique items; photo opportunities with the stars; refreshments available for purchase; the opportunity to sign up to be a stem cell donor with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network. More info about donating here:  https://blood.ca/en/stem-cell/onematch-information-new-registrants

Theirs are some of the most impressive names in the sci-fi sphere: Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary); Simon Barry (Continuum, Ghost Wars); Leah Cairns (Travelers); Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing, War for the Planet of the Apes); Chelsey Reist (The 100); Rukiya Bernard (Van Helsing). And now, these sci-fi standouts are coming together for a single out-of-this-world afternoon in support of a 4-year-old sci-fi fan who needs all the help the universe can muster.

Straight Out of Sci-Fi: A star-studded sci-fi fundraiser for 4-year-old Luke McLetchie puts these sci-fi stars in conversation with award-winning film and TV journalist Sabrina Furminger (YVR Screen Scene). The event offers a kind of “Inside the Actors Studio” but with a sci-fi – and charitable – twist. Also on the schedule: silent and live auctions of rare and unique items; photo opportunities with the stars; refreshments available for purchase; the opportunity to sign up to be a stem cell donor with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network. More info about donating here: https://blood.ca/en/stem-cell/onematch-information-new-registrants


 Four year old Luke McLetchie has been diagnosed with severe Acquired Aplastic Anemia (AAA) which is a rare, life-threatening bone marrow disease. Only 2 children in one million are diagnosed each year in North America.  His bone marrow is not producing red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets which puts him at risk for an overwhelming infection or hemorrhage. The best treatment for AAA is a bone marrow transplant however his brothers and parents are not a match. A world wide search for an unrelated bone marrow donor has been started. Meanwhile Luke is receiving blood transfusions and platelet infusions on a regular basis and will soon start treatment of immunosuppressant drugs at BC Children's Hospital.    WATCH CTV STORY HERE      Are you asking "how can I help?"  If you are: Male between the ages of 17-35, general good health, willing to help all patients, willing to provide a cheek swab, and have valid provincial health care coverage,  YOU ARE ABLE TO REGISTER!   Join us at Vancouver TheatreSports from  1pm-1:45pm on Sunday May 27th (before the event begins) . OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network will be onsite registering their prime focus (young males) to become potential stem cell donors. Fill out a form, swab your cheek and you might just be the one match to save someone’s life! Not a 17-35 year old male? Sign up to become a blood donor!   Chelsey Reist from The 100   will be available for photos and signing autographs. You do not need to purchase a ticket for this portion. Attendees during this time will be entered into a draw. Four names will be drawn and those people will get to stay and participate in the rest of the afternoon's activities.   If you are unable to attend but want to register you can start the process by clicking below.

Four year old Luke McLetchie has been diagnosed with severe Acquired Aplastic Anemia (AAA) which is a rare, life-threatening bone marrow disease. Only 2 children in one million are diagnosed each year in North America.  His bone marrow is not producing red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets which puts him at risk for an overwhelming infection or hemorrhage. The best treatment for AAA is a bone marrow transplant however his brothers and parents are not a match. A world wide search for an unrelated bone marrow donor has been started. Meanwhile Luke is receiving blood transfusions and platelet infusions on a regular basis and will soon start treatment of immunosuppressant drugs at BC Children's Hospital. WATCH CTV STORY HERE

Are you asking "how can I help?" If you are: Male between the ages of 17-35, general good health, willing to help all patients, willing to provide a cheek swab, and have valid provincial health care coverage, YOU ARE ABLE TO REGISTER!  Join us at Vancouver TheatreSports from 1pm-1:45pm on Sunday May 27th (before the event begins). OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network will be onsite registering their prime focus (young males) to become potential stem cell donors. Fill out a form, swab your cheek and you might just be the one match to save someone’s life! Not a 17-35 year old male? Sign up to become a blood donor! Chelsey Reist from The 100 will be available for photos and signing autographs. You do not need to purchase a ticket for this portion. Attendees during this time will be entered into a draw. Four names will be drawn and those people will get to stay and participate in the rest of the afternoon's activities. 

If you are unable to attend but want to register you can start the process by clicking below.


ATTENDING SCI-FI STARS

SCI-FI STARS IN CONVERSATION WITH:

SABRINA FURMINGER

Founder and editor-in-chief of YVR Screen Scene, a digital magazine celebrating the Vancouver film and television industry. As Reel People columnist for the Westender newspaper, she built up a loyal readership and won awards – a Women in Film & Television Vancouver Spotlight Award in 2016, and Ma Murray Awards in 2017 and 2018 – for stories that showcased the actors, filmmakers, crew, and creators who populate Vancouver’s dynamic screen scene. Sabrina is a familiar face on industry red carpets, an in-demand moderator and film festival juror (Vancouver International Film Festival and Crazy8s), and the film industry columnist for the Vancouver Courier newspaper. Her books include 2011’s The Healer, as well as Men of Science Fiction, a collaboration with celebrity photographer Dennys Ilic.

http://www.yvrscreenscene.com 

PRODUCERS 

KRISTA RAND

Local Vancouver indie filmmaker and a mother of twin 2yr old boys. She's known the McLetchie Family for years and when she heard the news felt the need to create a fundraiser while raising awareness of what it takes to become a stem cell donor. She just recently registered to be a blood and organ donor and encourages you to do so as well. 

ORSY SZABO

On top of being a filmmaker Orsy is a certified Yoga Teacher and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, with a passion for helping people find a new level of well-being. She jumped at the chance to help pull together our community for such an important cause. 


SPONSORS


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EVENT SCHEDULE 

**1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Register to become a stem cell and/or blood donor onsite

2:00 PM: DOORS OPEN - silent auction is ready; drinks are sold

2:30 PM -  2:40 PM: introductory remarks

2:40-3:30: a moderated lively discussion about life in the sci-fi sphere, with lots of BTS anecdotes and laughter; ends with audience Q&A, and live auction

3:30 PM -3:45 PM: live auction

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM: -silent auction continues / half-hour for pre-purchased photo op with esteemed guests / mingling and drinks / ability to sign up to be a bone marrow donor.  ONLY 18 tickets available for professional photo opportunities with Sci-Fi stars (select BENCH SEATING)

4:30 PM: final goodbyes

It’ll be a one-of-a-kind, out-of-this-world, intimate afternoon. All funds raised will be donated directly to Luke's family.


** 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM: Are you a 17-35 year old male? This is YOUR chance to BE A SUPERHERO! OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network will be onsite registering young males to become potential stem cell donors. Fill out a form, swab your cheek and you might just be the one match to save someone’s life! Not a 17-35 year old male? Sign up to become a blood donor! No ticket needed for this portion. Chelsey Reist from The 100 will be available for photos and signing autographs. Attendees during this time will be entered into a draw. Four names will be drawn and those people will get to stay and participate in the rest of the afternoon's activities


PLEASE NOTE: Our celebrity guests are subject to cancellation, due to professional commitments. In the event that one of our celebrities has to cancel, refunds will not be issued. However, the organizers will endeavor to find a replacement guest to sit on the panel. The show will go on!