Lord's hosts event to support blood cancer patients

General view of Lord's - the home of cricket
General view of Lord's - the home of cricket
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Lord's, the home of cricket, this week hosted an event designed to save the lives of those with blood cancer in partnership with blood cancer charity DKMS.

At the event, people were invited to take a few minutes out of their day to register as potential blood stem cell donors by swabbing the inside of their cheeks.

Held on a day when Nepal were playing at the ground proved especially relevant as DKMS are looking for donors for two patients of Nepalese origin.

Naren Rai, 30, lives in Doncaster and was diagnosed with leukaemia in September while 55-year-old Maya Giri's daughter is working with DKMS to appeal for a donor.

For many patients, a blood stem cell donation is their only chance of survival but unfortunately, few matching donors are found. This isn't because a match doesn't exist, but more due to a shortage of registered donors, which is why DKMS is working hard to increase the size and diversity of the blood stem cell registry - with the full support of the MCC.

Sarah Gray, DKMS' donor recruitment manager, is grateful for the support of the MCC.

"Thank you to MCC for supporting our work to find a matching donor for every patient in need of a blood stem cell donation.

"Anyone who registered at the donor recruitment event could go on to save a life, and all because they took the time to register.

"It is so easy to register as a potential blood stem cell donor. It takes a few minutes to do but it could lead to you giving decades to someone else," she added.

It takes just minutes to register online at www.dkms.org.uk and request a cheek swab kit so you can do your own tissue test which will go on to the database and potentially lead to you becoming a donor in the future.

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