Urgent Appeal for Stem Cell Donors
The families of four blood cancer patients have joined forces with the Leukaemia Cancer Society to urgently appeal for more people of Greek or Cypriot origin to register as stem cell donors.
All four patients need stem cell transplants to save their lives.
Enfield Recruitment Drive, on behalf of The Leukaemia Cancer Society on Saturday 26th March between 10pm-2pm.
Cockfosters FC, Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, Barnet EN4 9HZ
If you are aged between 16-to-55-year-olds have a simple cheek swab taken.
Please step forward, there aren’t many Greeks and Cypriots on the register and for that reason a number of individuals haven’t found a match so far. If you can’t get there, you can have a kit sent to your home. It’s so easy and takes next to no time.
There is nothing to fear, it is just a cheek swab, so nothing too intrusive. After two years of lateral flows and PCRs, a gentle cheek swab is nothing to worry about.
If you can, please do your part to help.
All nationalities welcome. You never know who you could be a match for! A simple cheek swab could save a life.
For more details contact The Leukaemia Cancer Society on 020 8374 4821 or 07872 633 508.
Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer – those that affect the body’s bone marrow, blood or lymphatic system – such as leukaemia, myelome or lymphona. Yet, just 2% of the UK population is registered as potential blood stem cell donors. People from Cypriot, Greek and mixed ethnicity backgrounds are under-represented as donors.
Diversifying the register is extremely important to people from our community.
“We do wish more people would come forward; we do need a lot more Greek-Cypriot people. We are greatly under-represented on the register. The Mediterranean community is only a very small percentage of the British registry, a very small percentage. So, we need to do whatever we can to increase that and to make the register more diverse.” (Androulla Stylianou, Co-Ordinator, The Leukaemia Cancer Society).
(Click above article to learn about Alex and his search for a life-saving donor).