Just when 9-year-old Zara thought her toughest battles were behind her, she had a relapse of her blood cancer and is once again, fighting for her life. Only this time, she is in critical condition and is in urgent need of a matching donor for a successful stem cell transplant.
Zara was only 6 when she was first diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in October 2019. After a long, straining fight, she was able to recover and live her life normally, like any young girl should. The news of her relapse has absolutely devastated the family and all efforts are being made to help find a matching donor so she can receive the treatment she very much needs.
There’s a serious underrepresentation of Indian ethnicity in the stem cell registries which poses a huge challenge for Indian patients in need of matching donors. Zara’s parents are urging more Indians to come forward and register to be potential stem cell donors, so they can increase chances of finding a match for Zara.
While Zara is bravely fighting this battle, she doesn’t have to be alone in her fight. YOU could be the one to help save her life! If you’re a healthy individual, between the age of 18-55, please consider joining the fight against cancer by registering to be a potential stem cell donor.
Sign up as a blood stem cell donor and give Zara and other patients like her a second chance at life.
DKMS-BMST has been working to find the right donor for patients suffering from blood cancer and blood disorders in India. So far, we have facilitated 50+ blood stem cell donations. For a stem cell donation, the tissue characteristics of the donor must match those of the patient. When you join the stem cell registry you are on standby to be matched and potentially save the life of anyone with a blood cancer or blood disorder who needs a blood stem cell donation. You can be the right person and with your stem cell donation a real lifesaver.