Following her uncle’s death from blood cancer, a woman from Rugby is preparing to undertake the Great Birmingham Run to raise funds for the charity DKMS. Satjinder Bhangal, from Rugby, is in training for the half-marathon which will take place in October. She decided to raise funds for, and awareness of, the blood stem cell donor recruitment charity, following the death of her uncle from blood cancer.
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 why she is supporting DKMS, Satjinder said: “I chose DKMS as my charity for the Great Birmingham run as I sadly lost my uncle to blood cancer. If there had been enough potential blood stem cell donors it may have been a different outcome. I would love to create more awareness for this charity, and encourage more people to become donors.”
Praising Satjinder for embarking on the run to raise funds for DKMS, Shadia Hameed, Community Fundraising Manager at the charity, said: “It is wonderful, and so impressive, that Satjinder is doing so much to help blood cancer patients. Not only will taking part in the run raise valuable funds for the charity, it will help to raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor.
“It is also a wonderful way to pay tribute to her late uncle.”
You can support Satjinder at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Satjinder-Bhangal1
You can find out more about the work of DKMS at: www.dkms.org.uk