British recording artists including Tinchy Stryder, Sway, Bashy and Donaeo have shown their individual support to encourage young people to join the UK bone marrow registry. The stars tweeted to their fans throughout the weekend requesting that followers attend the forthcoming ACLT (African Caribbean Leukemia Trust) bone marrow recruitment drive at the Choice FM headquarters.
The ACLT will host its annual recruitment drive to support patients like Dennis Gyamfi and Rose-Anne Ofori, both of whom require bone marrow transplants, by recruiting potential donors to join the bone marrow register.
22-year-old Dennis, a previous award winner of ‘The Community Oscars’ Spirit of London Awards,’ was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in January 2010. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy; however consultants at St. George’s Hospital, Tooting have confirmed a bone marrow transplant would be the preferred course of treatment to overcome his illness.
Rose-Anne Ofori, an 8 year old sufferer of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) was diagnosed in June 2011. A resident of Dagenham, East London Rose-Anne completed treatment in November 2011; however she suffered a relapse in March 2012. Rose-Anne URGENTLY needs to find an unrelated bone marrow match. Without it she will not beat the disease.
The ACLT require Black, Asian and Mixed Race individuals to represent their community through donation of Bone Marrow through their one stop registration event which takes 30 minutes. Successful bone marrow registrants will be required to provide a small saliva sample. They’ll also be recruiting individuals who wish to join the blood and/or organ registers. Participants will be asked to complete a short application form. Potential blood donors will be sent an appointment date, time and venue to donate blood for transfusion purposes and organ donors will be added to the database of organ donors and sent an organ donor card.
The ACLT bone marrow recruitment drive will take place at the Choice FM headquarters, Global Radio, 30 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LA on Saturday 2nd June 2012 between 11am till 4pm.