Another mixed ancestry woman needs bone marrow donor
You may remember my daughter-in-law, Nikki, who died last year as the result of an extremely virulent form of leukaemia. One contributing factor may have been (we cannot possibly tell) the unusual difficulty in getting a good bone marrow donor match, since Nikki was of mixed European-Asian parentage, and a good match depends on characteristics inherited from each parent.
Geoffrey, Nikki’s widower, is drawing attention to another such case:
Any healthy person under 55 (details vary from country to country) should consider registering as a a bone marrow donor. More available donors will mean better matches in all categories, but there is a particular need for non-European donors, and especially donors of mixed ancestry. You can register with one of these organisations:
§ UK, aged 16-30: The Anthony Nolan Trust
§ UK, aged 18-49: The British Bone Marrow Registry
§ UK, aged 18-55: Delete Blood Cancer
§ Australia (there’s a large Anglo-Burmese community in Perth): Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry
§ US: Be the Match
§ Canada: One Match
§ Worldwide: Bone Marrow Donors World Wide
Or just google “Bone marrow donation [name of country]”
Registering is easy. Donation, should you be called on, a minor inconvenience for you, and a matter of life and death for some total stranger, whose name you will never know.
Please pass this on