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Mel, originally from Leeds and currently living in Manchester, has suffered from Aplastic Anaemia since she was 8 years old. On 6 October 2017, Mel was diagnosed with Myelodysplasia Anaemia and doctors told her that her best chance of survival would be a blood stem cell donation.

With Myelodysplasia Anaemia being rare, Mel is facing a lot of uncertainty and doctors cannot provide a timeline for her treatment. However, doctors have confirmed the earlier a match is found for Mel and she could have a blood stem cell transplantation, the better.

Unfortunately, a suitable matching blood stem cell donor hasn’t been found within Mel’s family so she and her family are now appealing to people all over the globe to help find a #Match4Mel and other people in her situation.

The combination of a lack of diversity on the blood stem cell registry and Mel’s mixed race heritage (black Caribbean and white British) makes her search for a matching blood stem cell donor even harder.

Mel lives with her partner Neil and has 3 step children aged 20, 15, 10 years and a 1 year old grandson

If you are aged between 16-55 and in general good health, please take a few minutes out of your day to register as a potential blood stem cell donor. The minutes you spare today could provide Mel or someone like her with a second chance of life.  Click here to register today

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