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14 May

Lifesaving support needed for young Yorkshire Cricketer

Register as Potential Blood Stem Cell Donors to support young Yorkshire Cricketer

Harris Hussain, 18 from Chapeltown has recently been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and is urgently searching for his lifesaver. Harris and his family are appealing for people attending the England vs. Pakistan game to register as a potential blood stem cell donor with DKMS, a blood cancer charity.

To treat his diagnosis, Haris urgently needs a donation of blood stem cells from someone with a matching tissue-type. Despite a global search a matching donor has not yet been found. DKMS is supporting Harris to help find a donor for him and others seeking matching donors.

To assist in this pursuit DKMS, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are holding a registration event on Sunday 19th May 2019 at the One Day International, England vs. Pakistan, where a station will be set up outside the East Stand Museum.

If you are aged between 17-55 and in general good health, and attending the match, please come along to register yourself as a potential stem cell donor. Volunteers will be on hand to take you through the registration process which involves; checking your eligibility, swabbing the inside of your cheeks and completing a consent form. The process usually takes 5-10 minutes and could give a youngster like Harris a second chance at life.

England Cricket and Yorkshire CCC invite all attendee’s to come along and register themselves as potential stem cell donors.

As a talented cricketer, popular ice hockey referee and keen Sheffield United fan, Harris has a passion for supporting his team-mates and sharing that feeling of working towards a collective goal. His cricketing talents are epitomized by his year on year selection for South Yorkshire U15, 17 and 19 teams. His latest achievement has been trialling with Leicestershire CCC academy over the winter period. Locally Haris plays for Wath CC 1st Team as opening batsman and wicket keeper in the South Yorkshire Cricket League Championship. Gaining the award last season for both junior and senior wicket keeper of the year.

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Many people never find the lifesaving blood stem cell donor match they need. This isn’t because a match doesn’t exist, it’s simply because there aren’t enough people registered as donors.

By registering with DKMS on the 19th May, you could become a lifesaver. Please visit the DKMS website by clicking here to understand what the matching process involves. The more attendee’s that register, the greater our chances of saving lives.

Osama El Amin at DKMS UK said: “Please spare the time to attend the event and help find a matching donor for Harris or someone else in need of a blood stem cell transplant. By doing this selfless act and registering as a potential lifesaver you’ll go on standby to save the life of someone just like you. If you can’t make the donor drive, you can register online for a home swab kit at www.dkms.org.uk.”

To register one potential blood stem cell donor it costs £40. DKMS relies on monetary donations to help cover this cost. Whilst the NHS is very supportive, it falls to charities like DKMS to reach out to those lifesavers – please support them in registering more potential lifesavers and donate online by visiting their Just Giving page by Clicking here

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