Could you be a lifesaver?
23 April 2018
Barnet Hospital is joining forces with international blood cancer charity, DKMS, to register staff members and community members as potential lifesavers.
On Wednesday, 25 April, a registration event will take place at Barnet Hospital, in the main foyer from 9am to 4pm, so staff and members of the public can support the campaign to help find Chloe and others a lifesaving donor.
Seven-year-old Chloe, from Sunderland, was born with a rare blood disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia. This condition means her body doesn't produce red blood cells and she has undergone more than a hundred blood transfusions. Chloe has recently developed antibodies in her blood and now urgently needs a blood stem cell transplant. Despite a global search, sadly a matching donor has not yet been found.
Every 14 minutes someone in the UK, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer or a related disorder. Many people never find the lifesaving blood stem cell donor match they need. This isn’t because a match doesn’t exist, it’s simply because there aren’t enough people registered as donors.
Staff members and people from the local community will have the opportunity to register as potential blood stem cell donors and potentially save Chloe’s life, or someone in a similar position.
The charity is encouraging as many people aged between 17-55 and in general good health to attend and register as a potential lifesaver. It takes less than five minutes to register.
Carla Bispham, community fundraiser, for the Barnet and Chase Farm Royal Free Charity, said: “I found out about Chloe’s campaign through her Facebook page. I was moved by Chloe’s story, she is such a brave and strong little girl, who recently won a Child of Courage Award. We are happy to support DKMS to register more potential lifesavers. If you’re eligible, please register and you could offer Chloe and others like her a second chance at life,"
Porsha Nunes-Brown, donor recruitment manager at DKMS UK, said: “Chloe is often in and out of the hospital and desperately needs a blood stem cell transplant. We have been working with Chloe’s family for several months but unfortunately a matching donor has not yet been found. Please register at the event and help find a matching donor for Chloe or someone else in need of a blood stem cell transplant. Registering as a potential blood stem cell donor is so easy to do, but I can’t emphasise enough how important it is. It could lead to you saving a life”.
To find out more about registering go here.