We use community influencers and social media to reach people who may be a good match. This typically involves reaching out to people of the same ethnic or racial background. It is helpful if we can share the patient’s story – their family life, their interests and their hope for the future. This is optional, of course, and some patients choose not to share their stories.
We don’t run a registry ourselves. We work closely with the UK registries, Anthony Nolan, DKMS and the British Bone Marrow Registry and helped to set up the Cyprus registry the Karaiskakio Foundation. We also liaise with other stem cell registries across the world.
Alex was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a blood cancer) in 2016. In the last 5 years he has had two stem cell treatments from a partial match and a trial drug.
Tania Murphy, an Australian mother of two urgently needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life.
Stella Charalambous, originally from North London and now living in Cyprus, has Leukaemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
Urgent appeal. In October 2017 19 -year-old Alex Haines was given the news he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (AML), a type of blood cancer.