A three year old child Rayan, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a fatal form of blood cancer, which causes damage and death by of normal cells in the bone marrow, and slowly spreads to other organs
Rayan is now in URGENT need of a bone marrow transplant. He has not been able to find the perfect match which will help increase his chances of survival. Once the match is identified the donation is easy, maybe slightly inconvenient but imagine the gift of life that you will give for saving the life of a 3 year old young boy
We would like to request you to take a bone marrow compatibility test, and if a match is identified then a non-surgical method to borrow some of your bone marrow cells for infusion into Rayan
STEP 1 Bone Marrow Compatibility Test
There is a worldwide effort being held across the US, UK, and many South Asian countries to identify a probable donor. This initial computability test is free, painless and takes 30 seconds. Gender is not relevant, but SOUTH ASIAN ETHNICITY (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Srilanka etc) is very important, due to the under-representation of South Asians on the US national donor registry its important to target south asian countries directly and hence the team of volunteers have ventured to Pakistan to increase the chances of finding a potential match. Follow the Facebook Events Page to locate a testing center nearby, ONLY plan to take the test if you are committing to follow through the donation, since each swab test caries an expense so the team would prefer to test only those who are committed to following through with the donation
STEP 2 Bone Marrow Donation
If by chance you are a potential match then, majority of donations do not involve surgery. There are two methods of donation: peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) [Non-Surgical] and bone marrow donation [Surgical]. The doctor in the case of Rayan has prefered the Non-Surgical method which takes place at a blood center or outpatient hospital unit. For 5 days leading up to donation, you will be given injections of a drug called filgrastim to increase the number of blood-forming cells in your bloodstream. Your blood is then removed through a needle in one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through the other arm. Your blood-forming cells are back to their normal levels within 4 to 6 weeks. To learn more, watch the Non-Surgical donation video.
A heart felt plea has been shared by the parents and simply reading their note sends a shudder across the heart.
Step forth and save a life, if you cannot take part in the donation drive do your part and help spread the word, Rayan does not have much time.