A woman from Dorset who has leukaemia is appealing for people to register as potential blood stem cell donors with the charity DKMS. The appeal is being made by 23 year old May Brown, who needs to find a matching donor to treat her leukaemia. May was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in June last year and has been told that she needs a blood stem cell donation from someone with a matching tissue-type to stay alive.
For many with a blood cancer or blood disorder, a blood stem cell donation from another person is their only chance of survival. As May’s heritage is Nigerian, those with a similar heritage are urged in particular to join the registry, as this is likely to provide the most suitable match for her.
May has one child, a two year old daughter called Selina-May, who she wants to see grow up. Urging people to register, she says: “Please register today as a potential blood stem cell donor. Do it, if not for my sake, but for the sake of my little girl. She is only two years old and needs her mummy. Your selfless act of registering could ultimately save my life and those of other people suffering from blood cancer or blood disorders.”
Supporting his wife’s appeal, May’s husband Michael says: “Please register to help May or someone else seeking a donor. 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 another person, and that person could be my beautiful wife May.”
Emphasizing how important it is for people to register, Lisa Nugent, donor recruitment manager at DKMS, said: “Registering 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 May’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 DKMS website: www.dkms.org.uk