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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.


Gaurav's Dad to run marathon for charity

Sunny and Gaurav Bains Credit: Stop Press PR

Father of two-year-old Gaurav Bains who was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in June 2013 is running the London Marathon to raise money for charity.

Sunny Bains is running the 26.2 miles on Sunday 13th April for Anthony Nolan after son Gaurav found a bone marrow match after a national campaign.

Gaurav Bains found a bone marrow match after a social media campaign started by his parents Credit: Stop Press PR

Sunny and Gaurav's mum Gurprit started 'Gaurav's Bone Marrow Appeal' through social media to raise awareness among Asian communities about Bone Marrow donors which resulted in a 1,700% increase of donors from the Asian community.

Gaurav had his transplant in December 2013 and was discharged from hospital on 28th February after months in isolation.

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Lineker launches bone marrow donor campaign

Lineker is in Leicester to launch bone marrow donor campaign Credit: PA

Former Leicester City player, Gary Lineker is in Leicester today backing an event to increase the number of bone marrow donors. It is in support of the Anthony Nolan charity. It is hosting a registration day at De Montfort University in Leicester.

"A bone marrow transplant can be the last chance of survival for someone with blood cancer, but it's only when you're faced with it personally and you see the shortage of bone marrow donors available that you realise just how important it is for people to sign up."

Gary Lineker

The event is happening until 4pm today. Those who cannot attend can sign up on the Anthony Nolan website.