Muhammad Hussain was diagnosed with a very rare blood disorder when he was 11 months old, and during the first search for a stem cell donor match, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at age 2. Muhammad is now six years old, and relapsed last year. His last hope is now again, finding a stem cell donor match.
Stem cell donor matches depend 100% on ethnic makeup. Unfortunately, only 6.3% of donors on the South African Bone Marrow Registry is Coloured, and 9% is Indian. Muhammad has been matched against all of the current registered donors, with no suitable match.
In a bid to have more Coloured and Indian people register as stem cell donors, we have a FREE REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITY today at the Athlone Community Centre between 16:00 and 19:00, for persons between 18 and 45 years of age, who are in good general health and willing to commit to helping others. Muhammad is listed as an active search on the Registry, so every newly registered donor will be matched up against him.
The usual cost per registration is R2000.00, but today’s registration opportunity will not cost potential donors a single cent. Just the time to fill to a short registration form and have two small tubes of blood drawn from the arm, which will be tested and then registered.
Even if this drive does not find a match for Muhammad, there are MANY other children and people waiting for a stem cell match.