Appeal to find bone marrow inspires surge in donors

An appeal to find matching bone marrow for a woman from Solihull who is fighting blood cancer has led to a ten-fold increase in Asian donors in the Birmingham area - but she still needs to find a match.

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Campaign leads to rise in potential Asian bone marrow donors

There has been a sharp rise in the number of Asian people offering to become bone marrow donors.

The increase is being put down to a campaign started by a young woman from Birmingham, who recently discovered she has a rare form of blood cancer.

She needs a stem cell transplant, but the country's leading bone marrow charity says although her efforts are encouraging, more potential donors are still needed. Andy Bevan reports.

Appeal to find bone marrow inspires surge in donors

Riya is urgently looking for a matching donor Credit: Anthony Nolan

An appeal to find matching bone marrow for a woman from Solihull who is fighting blood cancer has led to a ten-fold increase in Asian donors in the Birmingham area - but she still needs to find a match.

Riya Dandekar, who is 21, has a rare form of blood cancer called Anaplastic Lymphoma, and has been told her best chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant.

Riya Dandekar in hospital in Solihull Credit: Anthony Nolan

But the Anthony Nolan charity, which runs the bone marrow register, says Asian people are underrepresented on it, and despite the surge in donors, Riya still doesn't have a match.

Visit the Anthony Nolan website for information on how to sign up to the register.

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