Desi Donors have been appealing to find Amun Ali a suitable bone marrow match for many months now and have already held two successful clinics alongside the Anthony Nolan Trust in Birmingham.
Now Desi Donors are getting set for their next Patient Appeal for Amun Ali and have teamed up with popular Asian radio station, Asian Star Radio.
Asian Star Radio based in Slough have voluntarily offered their venue & facilities to Desi Donors to hold a recruitment clinic to help find Amun a suitable match and get more Asians on the Anthony Nolan Trust register.
Desi Donors have already recruited over 125 new Asian recruits onto the register through their previous Patient Appeals in Birmingham for Amun Ali.
Ten-year-old Amun Ali, who lives in Small Heath, Birmingham, has a rare condition known as Severe Immune Deficiency. It is a condition that makes Amun very weak. For example: If Amun were to get a minor infection it would be extremely life threatening. Over the years Amun has been in (H.D.U) High Dependency Unit on many occasions, where minor infections such as chickenpox have got worse and put him in quite a bad state of health.
Healthy people aged 18 – 40 from the Asian community are urged to come to the clinic at Asian Star Radio in Slough to join the registers or to just simply find out more about what Desi Donors are trying to do.
There is a 1 in 3 chance of a White person finding a match, but shockingly there is only a 1 in 125,000 chance of an Asian person finding the right match. A successful match, when a bone marrow donors tissue type matches that of a patient, could mean the difference between life and death. Most matches are found from within the same ethnic community as the patient; the Asian community is seriously under-represented on the bone marrow register, and more donors are urgently needed.
The Anthony Nolan Trust takes back lives from leukaemia by managing and recruiting new donors to the UK’s most successful bone marrow register. There are just over 400,000 people on the bone marrow register and it’s not enough! Just 4% of those 400,000 are Asian. There are 16,000 people worldwide and 1,400 people in the UK in need of a bone marrow transplant. People who have gone on to donate talk about how wonderful it feels to have saved someone’s life. The physical feeling afterwards has been compared to a hard session of exercise.
The Recruitment Clinic to appeal for a suitable Bone Marrow match for Amun will take place on Sunday 7th March 2010 from 2pm till 5pm, at Asian Star Radio, The Gallery Level, The Observatory Shopping Centre, High Street, Slough, SL1 1LH.