03/09/2015 01:29 EDT | Updated 05/09/2015 05:59 EDT

Alex Reid, TRU baseball player, seeks stem cell match for sister

Thomson Rivers University baseball player Alex Reid is going to bat for his sister, who has cancer, by holding a stem cell donor clinic in Kamloops, B.C.

"She needs to get her immune system replaced. How that process works is by getting a blood transfusion with these stem cells that hopefully come from a donor in Kamloops, because she doesn't have a match right now," he told Daybreak Kamloops' Shelley Joyce.

It's not just Reid's sister who could benefit from a donation.

"Everyone is touched by cancer and hopefully by doing this we can help save a lot of lives across Canada," he said.

Reid contacted Canadian Blood Services and set up a donation clinic.

"You swab your mouth in four different places with four different swabs … and it's a super easy process."

If the donor is a match, blood is drawn and the stem cells are separated.

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 35 in good health can sign up to become a donor.

The clinic will be held on Thursday, March 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. PT in the Wolf Den at the Tournament Capital Centre.

To hear the full interview with Alex Reid, click the audio labelled: Stem-cell donor sought by TRU baseball player for his sister.