I mentioned in my last post that a relative (my partner's nephew Stephen) has been diagnosed with lymphoma. He's had various chemo treatments, but none of them have worked and he's now at the point where he needs a stem cell transplant. However, they are struggling to find a match.
So, this post is to ask you a huge favour. If you are willing and able, and if you haven't already done so, please could you consider registering to become a donor, and encourage your family and friends to do so?
Unfortunately, due to the fact that I have a congenital heart condition and am on lifelong medication for it, I'm unable to become a donor of blood or bone marrow. So the next best thing I can do is try to encourage those who are well enough, to do so.
DKMS is an international stem cell donor centre. If you are aged between 18-55, register here and if you are eligible you will be sent a swab kit. A quick swab of the inside of your cheek, send it back to them, and you've done it! You've become a potential life saver! How amazing will that make you feel?
If you are aged 16 - 30, you can register with Anthony Nolan - click here to be sent a 'spit kit' to send them some of your superhero saliva for testing!
You can also read more about blood cancer and donating stem cells/bone marrow at Bloodwise, the British Bone Marrow Registry and the Bone Marrow Donor Registry from the Welsh Blood Service.
If you can't or don't want to donate stem cells/bone marrow, perhaps you would consider making a monetary donation to any of the above charities please? The cost of registering one potential donor with DKMS is £40, and £60 with Anthony Nolan, but any amount of money that you could spare would be appreciated.
I know there are other blood cancer charities out there but it's not possible for me to list them all, and whilst I don't like choosing any one over another, at the moment our main hope lies with the specific lymphoma / stem cell charities, which is what I've focussed on in this post.
Please help, if you can.
Thank you for reading.