A Doncaster man with leukaemia is appealing for people to register as potential blood stem cell donors with the charity DKMS. The appeal is being made by 30 year old Naren Rai, who needs to find a matching donor to save his life. Naren was diagnosed with leukaemia last September and has been told that he now needs a blood stem cell donation from someone with a matching tissue-type to stay alive.
Naren, who’s a keen photographer and loves travelling, went into remission following treatment but relapsed a few weeks ago and his doctors have told him that his only chance of survival is a blood stem cell donation from someone with a matching tissue-type – and that he must have the donation in the next few months.
For many with a blood cancer or blood disorder, a blood stem cell donation from another person is their only chance of survival and they will die if a matching donor isn’t found for them. Naren’s family have been tested to see if they are a match but none were, so we are urgently appealing for those aged 17-55 to register with DKMS to see if they could save Naren’s life, or the life of someone else in need of a blood stem cell donation. As his heritage is Nepalese, those with a similar heritage are urged in particular to join the registry, as this is likely to provide the most suitable match for him.
Speaking about his appeal, his cousin, Erica Rai, said: “Learning that someone so close to you has been diagnosed with cancer is shocking and absolutely devastating. During this incredibly difficult time, we have been provided with a ray of hope through organisations like DKMS in our search to finding a match and a cure to this horrible disease. It’s frustrating that there isn’t much information regarding blood cancer and its cure within South Asian communities, including the Nepalese community. Therefore we are pushing and trying our hardest to raise awareness about our urgent need for blood stem cell donors so that we can have more people understand and register to find matches for more patients.”
Emphasising how important it is for people to register, Aga Chrosciel, donor recruitment manager at DKMS, said: “Registering as a potential blood stem cell donor only takes a few minutes but it could lead to you giving decades to someone else. It could lead to you saving Naren’s life or the life of someone else in need of a blood stem cell donation for his or her survival. Please take the time to do it as it could be one of the most important things you ever do.”
You can register in five minutes online and request a cheek swab kit that will enable you to do your own tissue test to go on the database to maybe one day become a blood stem cell donor through the DKMS website: www.dkms.org.uk

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