Tania was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia on the 7th of July 2016. Despite there being about 28 million people registered on global bone marrow donor registries, on November 2nd Tania has been told there are no compatible donors on the registry for her.
Its likely Tania may not have found a donor because of her mixed ethnic heritage.
Tania, like many, has a mixed heritage; her father is from the Balkans (Croatia) and her mother’s heritage is from the British Isles. Ethnicity is one of the main factors in bone marrow donor matching, but the world’s volunteer bone marrow donors do not currently
reflect the ethnic diversity of the population.
Many groups, such as Balkan countries, are under represented on global volunteer registries.
It is important that the ethnic diversity of the bone marrow registry is improved, so that people from less represented ethnicities and people with mixed heritage, such as Tania, can find a donor when they need it.
Could you be that life saving match Tania so desperately needs? No matter where you live in the world, if you contact us we can advice you on how and where to register.