Following the life of a close friend being affected by blood cancer, a woman from Cumbria will trek to the base of Mount Everest to raise funds for charity. Daisy Clark from Millom will take part in the trek from Lukla in Nepal to Everest base camp in the Himalayas for blood cancer charity DKMS in October. She decided to raise funds for, and awareness of, the blood stem cell donor recruitment charity, after her friend’s toddler son was diagnosed with leukaemia this year.
For many blood cancer patients, a blood stem cell donation is their only chance of survival but many patients in the UK never find the lifesaving blood stem cell donor match they need. DKMS works to improve the chances of those seeking matching donors to save their lives by recruiting potential stem cell donors to increase the pool of donors.
Speaking about her fundraising, Daisy said: “I'm really looking forward to taking on the challenge of reaching Everest base camp. I know it won’t be easy, but I am excited and determined and if what I'm doing can provide even one matching donor, it can change peoples lives. Just being in a position to be able to raise money for DKMS and potentially save lives makes it all the more worth it. "
Praising Daisy for fundraising for the charity, Shadia Hameed, Community Fundraising Manager at DKMS, said: “It is wonderful, and so impressive, that Daisy is taking part in the trek to help blood cancer patients. Not only will she raise valuable funds for the charity, she is helping to raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor. It is also an amazing way to support her friend and her friend’s son.”
If you’re aged between 17 to 55 you can register online through the DKMS website www.dkms.org.uk and request a cheek swab kit.