Lord’s, the home of cricket, held an event on its ground in London this week to help save the lives of those with a blood cancer. The event gave people the chance to take a few minutes out of their day to swab the inside of their cheeks to register as potential blood stem cell donors. They did it at an event held with the blood cancer charity DKMS, who recruits potential donors.
The event took place on the day that the Nepalese cricket team were playing at Lord’s which was timely as DKMS is appealing for people to register for two patients with a Nepalese background. One is 30 year old Naren Rai, who lives in Doncaster and was diagnosed with leukaemia last September. The other is 55 year old Maya Giri, whose Cornwall based daughter is working DKMS on an appeal for her mother.
A blood stem cell donation is the only chance of survival for many blood cancer patients. Sadly, many patients will not find a matching donor. This isn’t because a match doesn’t exist, it’s simply because there aren’t enough people registered as donors. That is why DKMS works to increase the size and diversity of the blood stem cell registry, and MCC is supporting the charity.
Thanking MCC for their support, and emphasizing how easy it is to register, Sarah Gray, donor recruitment manager at DKMS, says: “Thank you to MCC for supporting our work to find a matching donor for every patient in need of a blood stem cell donation. Anyone who registered at the donor recruitment event could go on to save a life, and all because they took the time to register. It is so easy to register as a potential blood stem cell donor. It takes a few minutes to do but it could lead to you giving decades to someone else.”
You can register in five minutes online and request a cheek swab kit that will enable you to do your own tissue test to go on the database to maybe one day become a blood stem cell donor through the DKMS website: www.dkms.org.uk