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Become a donor

The Story

Dr Shahin Nouri has spent his life dedicated to his medical career, and is passionate about helping his patients. In March 2020, he found himself as the patient in need of support when he was diagnosed with T-cell and B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

Dr Shahin is now in need of a blood stem cell transplant. There is no matching donor in his family, so he is now in need of an unrelated donor to help give him a second chance of life.

Dr Shahin, a neurologist, was born and raised in Iran, attended medical school in Germany, and now resides in New York, USA . He loves to travel, and photography, and with the help of a blood stem cell donor we hope he can explore more of the world in the future.

Currently only 2% of the UK population are registered as potential blood stem cell donors, and just 13% of those donors come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Patients from minority ethnic backgrounds also have just a 20% chance of finding a blood stem cell donor compared to 69% for those from a Northern European background.

Dr Shahin knows that his ethnicity will make his search more difficult. His ethnic background is largely Kurdish, meaning that encouraging more individuals from a Kurdish background to join the register could make a lifesaving difference. “Minorities are under-represented on the register, but it’s so easy to save a life. Be a hero today!”

Let’s change these statistics together. Every donor could make the difference and bring hope to blood cancer patients in need. You could be the perfect match for Dr Shahin, or a patient like him.

If you’re aged 17-55 and in general good health, request a swab kit to become a potential blood stem cell donor today.

Donate or fundraise now

It costs us £40 to register a new donor on the UK stem cell registry. As a charity, we rely on monetary donations and funds raised by members of the public such as yourself to help cover this cost. To donate, or find out more about fundraising, please click the green button.

Ready to become a potential lifesaver? Join the register now

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