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22 May

170 sign as donors with DKMS at the ODI

This Sunday, as England took on Pakistan in the Royal London One Day International here at Emerald Headingley, DKMS successfully took swabs and signed up 170 people, to contribute to their fight against blood cancer.

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

Ryan Sidebottom signing up to be a potential donor.

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.

DKMS, Yorkshire CCC and the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took part and signed up 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.

Andrew Gale joins the fight against blood cancer

You can still register as a Potential Blood Stem Cell Donor to support young Yorkshire Cricketer, Harris. By registering with DKMS, you could become a lifesaver. Please visit the DKMS website by clicking here to understand what the matching process involves. The more people that register, the greater our chances of saving lives are.

Osama El Amin at DKMS UK said: “Please spare the time to 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 website by clicking here

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