Campaign to Save 5 Year Old Kaiya Patel
I am proud to support a campaign launched by a group of Bedford women, ‘Bandhan Bedford’ to find a match for 5-year old Kaiya Patel, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukaemia. Her condition is so rare that her only hope is stem cells from a donor who is a match – but Kaiya’s search is made more difficult due to her South Asian heritage, and Kaiya is in a desperate race against time.
Bandhan Bedford were so moved by little Kaiya’s plight that they joined with blood cancer charity DKMS to arrange a series of donation sessions to search for a match for this young girl.
The test involves a simple cotton swab of cheek cells. There are three remaining sessions taking place
- Tuesday 5th June at Church Lane Medical Centre from 4-6pm
- Sunday 10th June at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Queen’s Park from 9am-2pm
- Monday 11th June at 7pm a Bedford Asian Business Association event at the Bedford Golf Club, Great Denham.
Donors from Asian or other minority ethnic backgrounds make up just 16 percent of the stem cell register, and patients only have a 20.5 percent chance of finding the best possible donor match, so more people of Asian heritage are desperately needed to sign up on the register – but all healthy people within the right age range can donate no matter what their heritage, and young people are particularly encouraged to come forward.