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Sonia Akow Needs Stem Cell Donors – You Can Help Save Her Life

Sonia Akow is an industry known DJ and music publicist from London who supports a lot of upcoming and renowned producers across the UK. This is a short film about her recently contracting Leukemia, and is an appeal for stem cell donors to come forward to potentially save her life.

Sonia was diagnosed with ACUTE MYELOID LEUKAEMIA (AML) in November 2012 and doctors have told us that a blood stem cell transplant is her best hope of survival. She currently going through cycles of chemotherapy while the doctors search for a donor. We need your help to get more people to register as a potential donor, not just to help save Sonia’s life, but potentially others too.

Sonia’s mother died of the same disease only just over a year ago, and now we’re having to go through the same thing again. You can understand why we really need to find a match for Sonia. WE WANT TO ASK YOU ALL TO SPREAD THIS MESSAGE AS FAR AND WIDE AS YOU CAN TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND PARTICULARLY INTO COMMUNITIES WITH MIXED WHITE, CHINESE, BLACK CARIBBEAN AND INDIAN CONNECTIONS, AS THESE ARE ALL PART OF SONIA’S HERITAGE, AND MOST LIKELY TO BE WHERE SHE’LL FIND A GENETIC MATCH. These groups are also the most under-represented on donor registers.

The word “transplant” probably sounds daunting, BUT joining the register and potentially becoming a donor is not complicated – YOU FILL IN A SHORT FORM AND PROVIDE A SMALL SALIVA SAMPLE – IT REALLY IS THAT EASY. Once you’re on the register, you could come up as a match for someone like Sonia and potentially save their life. Donating your stem cells is not much different from giving blood and there’s no operation involved.

THE EASIEST WAY YOU CAN HELP:

IF YOU’RE 16-30 – apply to join online here www.anthonynolan.org/joinwhere you’ll also find a short film explaining what’s involved and hopefully help you make a life changing decision.

You could also get in touch with www.aclt.orgAfrican Caribbean Leukemia Trust – who are particularly active in encouraging people to join the register from under-represented groups – Black, Chinese, IndianEXACTLY THE KIND OF PEOPLE WE NEED TO HELP FIND SONIA A MATCH, AND SAVE HER LIFE!

AND IF YOU’RE 31-49
– You’re not too old to donate – go here www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow/ or call the NBS Hotline: 0300 123 23 23 and ‘QUOTE R20’ and tell them you want to become a blood and bone marrow donor.

OR you can visit www.blood.co.uk/ to find and book your nearest session. Just type in your hometown or your postcode and you’ll find plenty to choose from. You don’t even have to register before doing so. Just turn up on the day.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO TELL THEM YOU WANT TO REGISTER AS A BONE MARROW DONOR TOO

AND IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE UK:

USAhttp://marrow.org/Home.aspx

Australiahttp://www.abmdr.org.au/

International registrieshttp://marrowdrives.org/bone_marrow_donor_programs.html#international_marrow

A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. SONIA AND TOBY. X



Information written and compiled by DJ/Producer and all-round nice guy, Terry Hooligan.
Video created by Daniel Crouch

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