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Inspector backs bone marrow event in Birmingham

Leicestershire Police Inspector Rik Basra Photo: ITV Central News

Police Inspector Rik Basra underwent a life-saving transplant on Christmas Eve last year after the return of acute myeloid leukaemia. He had been in remission for almost two years.

Doctors told him his only hope was to receive a bone marrow transplant.

Working with the pioneering blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan Rik’s family, friends and colleagues held a number of donor events in Leicester in a bid to increase the number of people on the donor register- particularly young Asian people.[

The ‘Rik Basra Campaign’ is taking to the road today and holding a donor event in Birmingham in a bid to help a young mother who is also suffering from leukaemia.

Mother of two Kam Dudwall (37), of Wolverhampton is currently in remission but may need a transplant in the future.

Kam has become the face of the campaign to attract donors to the event at the Nishkam Centre, Handsworth, on Sunday March 25, 2012.

Rik’s wife, Kas Basra, who is leading the Rik Basra Campaign, said: “It is fantastic that Rik has had a chance of life by receiving stem cells from a donor in Germany via Anthony Nolan. He remains in isolation at home but is recovering well following his transplant on Christmas Eve last year.

“There is a substantial shortage of Asian donors on the national and international donor register and we have received fantastic support from Anthony Nolan to help to change this.”

“There is a substantial shortage of Asian donors on the national and international donor register and we have received fantastic support from Anthony Nolan to help to change this.”

– Kas Basra, Leader of Rik Basra campaign group

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