A mother is appealing to the people of Milton Keynes to take part in a bone marrow registration drive in a bid to save her son’s life.
Leading leukaemia charity The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust is supporting eight-year-old Zimbabwean boy Keano Klein and his mother Chantelle in an urgent search for a bone marrow match.
Without a suitable match being found and a successful transplant, Keano’s life expectancy is extremely short.
The youngster suffers from a rare disease called DD Kostmanna syndrome and S.C.N severe congenital neutrophenia.
His mother Chantelle said: “Keano’s mixed race heritage makes it very difficult to find a donor as there is a massive shortage of suitable donors from the black and mixed race community.”
In an urgent bid to find the required match, thecentre:mk, will host a bone marrow registration drive in Midsummer Arcade on Saturday, between 12pm and 5pm.
Black and mixed race people aged 16-49 are urged to give 20 minutes to register as a donor at the event.
Registration simply involves completing an application form and providing either a saliva or blood sample (those aged 31-49 will be registered by giving a blood sample at a later appointment).
> Visit http://www.aclt.org/index.php/appeals/showappeal/105 to learn more about Keano’s appeal.