A young mum from Boston who has leukaemia is appealing for people to help save her life – and the lives of others – by registering as potential blood stem cell donors.
May Brown, 23, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in June last year and has been told that she needs a blood stem cell donation from someone with a matching tissue-type to stay alive.
May has a two-year-old daughter called Selina-May.
Urging people to register as a donor with the charity DKMS, she said: “Please register today as a potential blood stem cell donor. Do it, if not for my sake, but for the sake of my little girl. She is only two-years-old and needs her Mummy. Your selfless act of registering could ultimately save my life and those of other people suffering from blood cancer or blood disorders.”
May’s husband Michael said: “Please register to help May or someone else seeking a donor. It is so easy to register as a potential blood stem cell donor. It takes a few minutes to do but it could lead to you giving decades to another person, and that person could be my beautiful wife May.”
As May’s heritage is Nigerian, those from a similar background are urged in particular to come forward as this is likely to provide the most suitable match for her.
You can register to become a potential donor at www.dkms.org.uk
You will be sent DIY swab kit that will allow you to add your tissue type to a database to maybe one day become a blood stem cell donor.