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!   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!  Start the process by clicking below.

 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


Watch Straight Out Of Sci-Fi fundraiser Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca

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. 


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