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LeBlanc in life-saving transplant: ‘I’m going to die’

A stem cell transplant will forever connect Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc to a young man from Germany.

“I’m going to die,” LeBlanc told Evan Solomon on CTV News Channel’s Power Play on Monday. The minister was diagnosed with a blood cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2019.

Jonathan Kehl was only 21 years old when he appeared in a competition registry for LeBlanc. The two men were strangers to each other when Kehl made the donation. They will learn about each other two years after the transplant.

LeBlanc and Kehl met in person in Ottawa for the first time on Sunday. They say it was an emotional 24 hours.

“If they didn’t find the perfect genetic match with the same blood type, and it was a brilliant young man in Germany… then I certainly wouldn’t have seen the fall of 2019,” LeBlanc said.


Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Jonathan Kehl discuss stem cell transplants in the video at the top of this article.

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