Midlands Volunteer Hub Leader Kam Arora nominated for a Brummies 2016 Award

16 August 2016

Our Midlands Volunteer Hub Leader, Kam Arora, has been nominated for a Brummies 2016 'Community Champion' Award for her volunteering work for DKMS.

Formerly know as the Pride of Birmingham Awards, The Brummies celebrate the everyday heroes living in Birmingham and the surrounding area.

Vote for Kam here on the BBC West Midlands website.

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Kam's sister, Sarbjit, was diagnosed with lymphoma 2 years ago and was told she may need a blood stem cell donation to survive. No family member was a match so they contacted DKMS' volunteer manager in early 2015 to support them in finding one. Despite the stress and heartache Kam was going through, she galvanised herself to support others in a similar situation by organising donor registration events across Birmingham.

Kam knew the chances of finding a match for Sarbjit were slim, but she wanted to ensure that other families in the same situation would stand a better chance of finding a match, so that their loved one would have a second chance at life.

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As a busy mum of two who works full time as a GP practice manager, all Kam's spare time is spent contacting organisations to request their support in holding a donor registration event. To date, with her fellow hub leaders Jas Singh, Harkamal Ubhi and Robbie Chahal, Kam has registered almost 3,000 people onto the UK stem cell registry and has raised over £15,000 for DKMS. Not only this, but she‘s recruited and empowered others in the community to organise their own registration events.

Currently, Kam's sister, Sarbjit, is in remission, but may still need a blood stem cell donation in the future.

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Shafia Begam, Head of Volunteering at DKMS, said: ʺKam has stood out in the cold and rain and given up her evenings and weekends to try and save lives. She is the reason Birmingham is a hotspot for potential blood stem cell donors.ʺ

Kam's fellow volunteers say she is, ʺawesome, so generous, kind-hearted and an absolute pleasure to work with.ʺ

Voting is now open on the BBC West Midlands website until Friday 26 August. Please vote for Kam as she has been an outstanding volunteer for DKMS.