A personal post: could you be the donor Nikki needs?
I hope you will forgive such a post. It’s a personal favour I’m asking of you all on behalf of a friend. I know Tamebay readers to be benevolent and generous people, so I crave your indulgence for a few moments because you may be able to help.
Nikki, a mum who lives in Brighton, desperately needs a stem cell donor to help her fight acute myeloid leukaemia.
Her disease has a rare cytogenetic abnormality called the ten-eleven translocation, which puts her at a high risk of relapse following chemotherapy. This relapse has now occurred in the past week and a donor match now is vital and urgent.
And it’s a specific match she needs in those cells if she’s to survive. That’s why I want to put the word out on Tamebay. It casts the net wide and we have readers from all over the world and also a rainbow readership here in the UK and Ireland.
Here’s what Nikki says: “I am desperately seeking people of a similar ethnic background to volunteer as potential stem cell donors through their national registry. The best chance is probably to find someone Anglo-Burmese and Irish, but it could be Anglo-Indian, or any Anglo-Asian mix – my consultant told me to try to get as many people as possible to sign up! Anyone in particular with a Portuguese type surname in their blood line would be a good possibility, as that’s my background.”
Thanks for taking the time to read this post and here’s hoping someone can help. :)