Please click here to find out how you can join the stem cell register.

The above video features an Ethiopian Canadian woman named Elsa and her two children Lana (8) and Lawrence (6) who are doing a worldwide appeal to urgently encourage individuals of African heritage to join the bone marrow (stem cell register).

Elsa, wife and mother of two lives in Vancouver, Canada.  During February earlier this year, Elsa began to feel unwell. She visited her local hospital where after a few tests she was rushed into intensive care. By the next morning she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).  Elsa went onto receive her first cycle of chemotherapy, in the hope she would go into remission, however, sadly this has not been the case.

Now after three rounds of chemotherapy, doctors have confirmed Elsa’s only hope of recovery is to receive a matched stem cell donor from a stranger.

Elsa has a brother and sister who live in Ethiopia. However, none of them have been found to be a matched to save their sister.

ACLT are appealing to all Africans, particularly those of Ethiopian heritage to consider joining the stem cell register, here in the UK and abroad in the hope they could be an unrelated match for Elsa or others who are in desperate need of a lifesaving donor.

Please click here to find out how you can join the stem cell register.

Elsa has several platforms you can follow her story on: