A personal post: could you be the donor Nikki needs?

By Dan Wilson September 15, 2014 - 9:38 am

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.

Read more on Nikki’s website.

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.”

Nikki and her family have put together a website with all the relevant info and if you think you might be able to help do read it all.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and here’s hoping someone can help. 🙂

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