Praise is three years old. A bubbly, chatty child, she loves books and reading stories, observing people and learning about life around her. Praise is very creative and likes to draw pictures, make and build things.
Unfortunately not long after her birth she was diagnosed with an inherited autoimmune condition called Chronic Granulomatous Disorder (CGD), which occurs when the white blood cells (which usually help the body fight infections) is compromised. As a result, the body or parts of it for example lungs, skin, lymph nodes are pone to bacterial or fungal infections. Like Praise most people are diagnosed with CGD during childhood.
Having explored a number of treatment plans a blood stem cell transplant is the best option in order to her help beat this. Sadly none of Praise’s family are a match and currently there is no match anywhere in the world. Praise and her family have not been without loss from the disease. Her elder sister, Valerie, passed away in April 2020, a couple of months shy of her ninth birthday.
The search for a donor is made even more challenging due to Praise’s ethnicity, she is Nigerian. Patients from Black, Asian or other minority backgrounds have only a 20% chance of finding the best possible stem cell donor match.
Praise’s family are encouraging everyone but people particularly from a similar background to take the first step and register as a potential lifesaver. Not only could you help Praise but other people across the world who are looking for their blood stem cell match too.
It costs us £40 to register a new donor on the UK stem cell registry. As a charity, we rely on monetary donations from the public to help cover this cost and greatly appreciate any contribution, no matter how big or small.
If you are unable to register as a potential donor, we would be very grateful if you could consider making a contribution towards the cost of a registration.