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Appeal for donor match for UK Cypriot Talia Tosun

September 29, 2019 at 10:03am
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An appeal is underway to find a donor match for young UK Cypriot Talia Tosun.

Talia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a type of blood cancer, in May and underwent chemotherapy. At the end of August, she was informed that she needs a stem cell transplant due to the chemotherapy being ineffective.

The best possible match for Talia would be from someone of Cypriot, Turkish, Greek or Middle Eastern descent.

Could you be a match for Talia?

  • Aged between 16-30
  • In good health
  • Turkish Cypriot, Greek Cypriot, Turkish or Middle-Eastern
  • Living in the UK

Fit the criteria? What happens next…

  • Sign up to the Anthony Nolan register – www.anthonynolan.org – you’ll be sent a swab pack in the post. Simply swab both inner cheeks and send back.
  • If you’re a match, they’ll be in touch to verify whether you’re healthy and happy to proceed
  • 90% of donors have their stem cells collected through the bloodstream in a simple process called peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection.
  • Only 10% of donors have their stem cells collected via the bone marrow itself. There are myths about this being a painful procedure, but it is mostly performed under general anaesthetic.

Someone out there – maybe you, maybe one of your friends or family members – could be a full match. Please consider registering with Anthony Nolan as a bone marrow donor! You could save a life.

To spread the word and find out more, please visit HERE

#SwabForTalia