A mum of two, who was recently diagnosed with Leukaemia, has moved 80 miles to try and find a matching stem cell donor - leaving behind her husband and two young children.
Meena Kumari-Sharma was told that she urgently needed a blood stem cell donation for her best chance of survival.
Due to her British-Indian background, the search for a matching donor has been a difficult one.
Meena left her home in St Albans to re-locate to Leicester, because of the city's multicultural population.
She says she is more likely to find a suitable donor there - and she only has a matter of months left.
But the move meant leaving her two five-year-olds behind with their dad.
- · Donors from minority ethnic backgrounds make up just 13.1% of the UK stem cell register.
- · Patients from black, Asian or other minority backgrounds have a 20% chance of finding the best possible stem cell donor match - compared to 69% for northern European backgrounds.
DKMS, a blood cancer charity, is holding a registration event today (Wednesday 16 January) to help find a matching donor for Meena or someone else in need of a blood stem cell transplant.
The event will take place at the Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital in L’Eat restaurant, from 8am – 3pm.
The charity is encouraging hospital staff and visitors aged between 17-55 who in general good health to attend and register as a potential lifesaver.