2013 Press Office
Mother urgently seeks bone marrow donor

Following on from our guest Blog of the Week in our Community Briefing about the drive in the Jewish community to urge people to sign up as bone marrow donors we carry another message about a family looking for a match.

Can you help find a bone marrow donor - urgently?

Whilst most people were celebrating the beginning of 2013, Jonathan & Caroline Berger were being told that their Mum, Sharon, had developed a rare form of leukaemia and urgently needed a bone marrow transplant. 

Sharon has started chemotherapy treatment in order to prepare her body for a bone marrow transplant in about 5 weeks time, but unfortunately they do not currently have a good match - it really is a race against time. 

Her family are not a match so she is relying on the kind act of a stranger to save her life. A match for Sharon is most likely to come from within the Ashkenazi Jewish community. 

How you can help: 

More information here If you are 16-30 and not on the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, please request a spit kit in order to send a sample of saliva in the post - it only takes a few minutes to do. If you are  under 50 and able to give blood, please go to a blood donor centre or a local donor session and ask to have your stem cells screened at the same time. If you are over 50 ask your children or grand children  to get involved. If you are already on the register: please make sure your details are up to date, if you can't be found, you can't be a lifesaver. If you are on Twitter: please use the hashtag #Spit4Mum to spread    the word. 

See the article in the Jerusalem Post here 

See the report on BBC London news here 

See the report on ITV news here