Everton Football Club is teaming up with DKMS, an international blood cancer charity, to host a special registration event on Friday, June 15, at the Liverpool Quaker Centre.
The event will aim to find a blood stem cell donor match for Everton fan Richie, who was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in December.
Registering is as simple as taking a swab from the inside of your cheek.
Time is running out for Richie. His family need your help for his best chance to see his two children, three-year-old George and six-month-old Lily, grow up.
Richie nearly died just before Christmas. Thankfully, doctors were able to try a new drug and he is currently stable but we urgently need your help to find a matching blood stem cell donor.
Richie, from Kirkby in Merseyside, was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis – a very rare blood disorder – in December 2017. His only chance at remission is to receive a blood stem cell transplant.
We’ve teamed up with DKMS to help raise awareness of his appeal and encourage more people to #Register4Richie
Fans are invited to register as potential blood stem cell donors and go on standby to save the life of a patient with blood cancer or disorder.
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. For many people with a blood cancer, a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor will be their best or only chance of survival.
However, only one in three people in need of a blood stem cell donation will find a suitable matching donor from within their family, so they must rely on an unrelated donor from the registry.
This event gives you the opportunity to register and give a patient a second chance at life.
All you need to do on the day is:
- Check you are eligible
- Complete a consent form
- Swab the inside of your cheeks
If you are aged 17-55 years old and in general good health, please register at Liverpool Quaker Centre on Friday, June 15, from 11am-7pm.