6 April 2016
Newport mum with leukaemia asks for people to help save her life by registering as potential blood stem cell donors.
A mother of two from Newport who has leukaemia is appealing for people to register online as potential blood stem cell donors with Delete Blood Cancer UK. The appeal is being made by 43 year old Paula Wallace, who needs to find a matching donor to save her life. Paula, who is a senior sister in a neonatal intensive care unit, was diagnosed with leukaemia at the end of 2015 and has been told that she needs a blood stem cell donation from someone with a matching tissue-type to stay alive.
For many blood cancer patients, a blood stem cell donation from another person is their only chance of survival and they will die if a matching donor isn’t found for them. While around 30 per cent of those seeking a match will find a donor within their own family, which is usually their sibling, the rest rely on the altruism of an unrelated donor. As Paula doesn’t have any siblings, she and Delete Blood Cancer UK are urging as many people as possible register as potential blood stem cell donors to help find a match for her.
Appealing for people to register, Paula says: “My only thought has ever been that I have to fight this all the way and win. I am a mother of two and have to be there for them growing up.”
Emphasising how important it is for people to register, Jenny Clegg, Head of Communications at Delete Blood Cancer UK, said: “Registering online as a potential blood stem cell donor only takes a few minutes but it could lead to you giving decades to someone else. It could lead to you saving Paula’s life or the life of someone else in need of a blood stem cell donation for his or her survival. Please take the time to do it as it could be one of the most important things you ever do.”
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 Delete Blood Cancer UK website: www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk
• For further information please contact Una Farrell, PR & Communications Manager, on 020 8747 5642 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to editors:
• Photographs of Paula are available for publication and she is available for interview.
• Delete Blood Cancer UK launched in the UK in February 2013. Our key mission is to recruit, retain and motivate potential stem cell donors to save patients’ lives. We are part of the DKMS (Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei gGmbH – German Bone Marrow Donor Centre) family of organisations worldwide. Please communicate our website details: www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk for public information on how to register as a potential stem cell donor, stem cell donation and news.