Launch of New Campaign by the Leukaemia Cancer Society
Last night, saw the launch of the #ForUsToo Campaign – an urgent appeal to recruit stem cell donors of diverse and mixed heritage.
Blood cancer patients need a donor of the same ethnic or racial background. People of mixed heritage can find it harder still as they need a donor with a similarly mixed ethnicity.
Statistics show that less than three per cent of the total number of donors are from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Tragically, most adults and children from diverse backgrounds cannot get the life-saving bone marrow transplant they need because there is no match for them in the registry. Lifesaving donors for patients from ethnic minority backgrounds are very low and, much lower for those of mixed heritage. People of mixed heritage deserve a fair chance of fighting blood cancer.
Please help us raise awareness of this campaign for people with mixed heritage to join the bone marrow registers.
Every year over 2,000 people in the UK have their lives shattered by the devastating news that they require a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Leukaemia and other potentially fatal bone marrow disorders strike indiscriminately and have a profound effect on all concerned. For many patients without a sibling match, volunteer donors offer the only alternative, the only chance of life.
The launch was held at the UK headquarters and courtesy of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation in South Kensington.
1. Dr Linda Papadopoulos Patron of the Leukaemia Cancer Society via video
One of the most recognisable and well-respected psychologists working in the UK today, Dr Linda Papadopoulos has built an outstanding reputation in both academia and broadcasting.
2. Dr. Dr Neil Rodrigues Patron of the Leukaemia Cancer Society
Dr Neil Rodrigues leads a laboratory research team focussed on the biology and clinical targeting of leukaemia stem cells in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).
3. Tonia Buxton Patron of the Leukaemia Cancer Society
Tonia Buxton is a British television presenter, restaurateur and author of Greek Cypriot descent. She is the host of the Discovery Channel Travel & Living series My Greek Kitchen and My Cypriot Kitchen.
4. HIGH COMMISSIONER OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS IN THE UK.ANDREAS S. KAKOURIS.
5 Chair of of the Leukaemia Cancer Society Maria Nicolaou
6.Vice Chair Harry Christoforou