HELP SAVE A LIFE
Ask yourself this, if your realistic chance of surviving a life threatening illness was 1 in 100,000 how would you feel ?
That is the realistic situation a long time friend, work colleague and very talented DJ. Swing has been renowned on the urban music scene for a long time. Admired, respected and liked by everyone in the industry he truly is one the most genuine people in the record industry. This is the kind of person he is, even in his plight he said to me "Bigger, don't put up no pictures, it's not about me it is about making people aware of this cruel disease. That can effect you no matter what colour or age you are. People need to be educated on Myeloma Cancer ". And he is right people do need to be educated, let¹s be totally honest here, had it not happened to Swing or someone else that I know I would not known of it¹s existence or it¹s implications. Swing has simply highlighted the plight of the lik
How can I help
The big problem for African, African Caribbean and Mixed Parentage people is that the chances of finding a 100% match is 1 in 100,000 compared to 1 in 5 if you are white. There are nearly 500,000 people of African, African Caribbean and Mixed Parentage in the UK, that can actually help this situation, so far less than 20,000 have registered. So that is why in particular we are appealing to black and mixed race people although if you are white you should still register. Anyone, of any race, in the UK can go into a hospital and ask to give a blood test, and tell the doctor they need the results relating to bone marrow to be put on the national database urgently. It is Important that you phone your local hospital first. Not all hospitals do this, depending on size. However they should be able to point you in the direction of the nearest hospital, or blood unit, which does.
If you would rather go to one of the specific clinics here are the dates of the future clinic's.
Friday 14th October, 6pm till 10pm
7-9 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7AG
Monday 17th October, 10am till 4:00pm
South East London NHS offices, 1 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 7NT
Saturday 22nd October, 12pm till 5pm
Barracuda Club, 16 Hurst Street, Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham B5 4NB
Saturday 29th October, 12pm till 5pm
Upperthorpe Healthy Living Centre, 18 Upperthorpe, Sheffield
Why should I register / donate, I will do but I haven't got the time right now
Why should you register / donate even if you don¹t know Swing or anyone with this illness this is someone¹s life we are talking about and you never know when someone close to you, a loved one, family or friend might need just the same help.
I will but haven¹t got the time right now, how often does this crop up in the microwave world that we live in. What is more important than saving a life and please remember Swing has only till Tuesday October 18th to find a 100% match. So time is of the essence. Don¹t think it¹s too late doctors are checking the register everyday, so there is still time to make a difference.
I do want to help, but to be honest I am bit scared?
It¹s a proven fact that A human¹s biggest fear is the unknown. So it is understandable that people are scared. First things first the initial thing to do is get a blood test. This isn¹t giving blood or the bone marrow. This is simply a blood test, to see if you are compatible to any of the people in drastic need of Bone marrow. People think things like if they are called to donate marrow will it hurt. But please be assured that if a donor is called upon to donate bone marrow, the process is quick and fairly painless. Most donors report soreness in their hip as if they¹d been doing strenuous gardening, or as if someone was standing on their hips or back as the most uncomfortable side effect. Virtually all donors say they would donate again after doing so. The over fear is will I suffer from giving my bone marrow to someone. The answer is no, all that is taken from you is around 2 to 3% and that will be replenished by your own body function within 10 days so you will loose nothing.
This is how simple it is to register and donate bone marrow
STEP1: You fill out a Medical form before a trained person takes a tablespoon of your blood.
STEP 2: Your Bone Marrow type is determined and entered onto the UK Registry which is searched internationally on behalf of patients like DJ Swing who need a Marrow transplant.
STEP 3: If you are identified as a donor then in a simple procedure under a general anaesthetic approx 2% of your Marrow fluid is collected by a needle from the pelvic region or it can be collected as an outpatient on a blood cell separator machine.
STEP 4: Your Marrow naturally replenishes itself within a short space of time and you recover very quickly from the procedure.
REMEMBER YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE
BY ATTENDING AN ACLT REGISTRATION CLINIC YOU COULD POTENTIALLY SAVE THE LIFE OF DJ SWING, DONNA BENJAMIN, DANNY WHYTE, YVETTE GATE OR MANY OTHERS WHO REQUIRE BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTS AROUND THE WORLD. IT COULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU EVER DO IN YOUR LIFE.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CHECK OUT
THESE IMPORTANT SITES
African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust
15 MINS2 SAVEALIFE
The Anthony Nolan Trust
The National Blood Service
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