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Blackburn resident's search for stem cell match for sick child
10:03am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
RESIDENTS have been reminded to attend a bone stem cell donor drive in Blackburn this week to help find a match for a child suffering from a rare form of cancer.
Saima Ashraf, 30, who will host the event on Saturday with Delete Blood Cancer UK, is particularly keen for Asian people to come forward as they are more likely to have matching stem cells to six-year-old Rayaan Siddiqu, who was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis.
Ms Ashraf, who works an auditor at Thornton General and lives in Blackburn said: “Stem cell donation is very easy to do and it could save a life so it’s incredibly important that as many people come to the drive and sign up as possible.”
Attendees will undergo a painless cheek swab to see if they are a match.
The stem cell drive is at Accrington Road Community Centre, Accrington Road, Blackburn, from 11am to 5pm and will include a bouncy castle, mehndi stall and food.
Contact Ms Ashraf via her Facebook page Hope 4 Rayaan – Delete Blood Cancer Drive or contact 0203 1767632.
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