A worldwide blood cancer charity is urging people from South Holland and south east Lincolnshire to register as potential blood stem cell donors.
DKMS is marking Blood Cancer Awareness Month by trying to boost the number of donations to help save the lives of blood cancer patients, including mother-of-one May Brown (23) of Frampton who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in June 2015 and is in need of a blood stem cell donation.
May said: “Please register today as a potential blood stem cell donor, if not for my sake then for the sake of my little girl Selina-May.
“She is only two years old and needs her Mummy.
“Your selfless act of registering could ultimately save my life and those of other people suffering from blood cancer or blood disorders.”
According to Cancer Research UK, at least one person in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma every 20 minutes.
Caroline Portlock, head of donor recruitment at DKMS, said: “We are delighted that many people from Lincolnshire have already registered to potentially help save a life.
“There are over one million people registered as potential blood stem cell donors in the UK, but around 2,000 people in the UK cannot find a donor within their family.
“Registering as a potential blood stem cell donor only takes a few minutes but it could be one of the most important things you ever do.
“So I would encourage anyone aged 17 to 55 to take a few minutes during Blood Cancer Awareness Month to register online at www.dkms.org.uk and request a cheek swab kit that will allow you to add your tissue type to a database and become a blood stem cell donor.”
Your selfless act of registering could ultimately save my life and those of other people suffering from blood cancer or blood disordersMay Brown (23) of Frampton
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