Zara, aged nine, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in October 2019. After a long time in hospital she fought the cancer and was back to leading a normal life, going to school, playing and spending time with her little brother.
Sadly, in March 2022, Zara’s family were given the devastating news that her AML has returned and she was very quickly admitted to hospital to begin chemotherapy.
“She desperately needs to find a blood stem cell donor to save her life. It could be you,” explained Zara’s dad Vikas.
“South Asians are heavily underrepresented on the register and it is much more difficult for patients with a diverse ethnic heritage to find a matching donor.”
Currently, only two percent of the UK population are registered as potential blood stem cell donors, and just 13% of those on the register come from minority ethnic backgrounds. This means patients from minority ethnic communities have a low chance of finding a matching blood stem cell donor.
We welcome donors from any ethnicity but Zara needs a donor now, and people from a similar south Asian background are most likely to be the match she needs for a second chance of life.
If you’re aged 17-55 and in general good health, please consider joining the register by clicking the button below. You may be the one person Zara needs.