A Leicester based COBA employee is making a desperate plea with members of the public (aged between 16 and 30 years old) to register as a stem cell donor with the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Dean King, a long serving engineer for COBA Plastics, has identical twin sons, Kian and Luis, who suffer from a life-threatening genetic condition called Krabbe disease. The boys are just seven years old and they urgently need a stem cell transplant that could save their lives. But they have a rare tissue makeup which is making a match difficult.
Sadly a donor has yet to be found, and the search for a suitable match has widened from the UK to an international appeal. Without a transplant, the disease will only get worse and progress further. Kian is already in a wheelchair and Luis needs the help of a walker. A transplant needs to take place very soon to avoid irreversible damage. If left too late, it may be impossible to operate.
Stem Cell Recruitment Event – 13 March, Leicestershire
Many of Dean’s colleagues at COBA Plastics have already registered as a donor but a suitable match has not been found, as of yet. A special donor recruitment event is being held at Rawlins College, Quorn on 13th March between 4pm-7pm where volunteers can call in. If you are aged between 16 and 30 years old, then all that is needed is for you to complete a registration form and give a saliva sample. The sample is then tested and results are added to the donor database. When someone needs a transplant, they will automatically compare their tissues to yours.
Please Support The Anthony Nolan Register
It is also possible to register to become a stem cell donor online on the Anthony Nolan website (www.anthonynolan.org). The charity, which helps to save the lives of people with blood cancer, will send a registration form and saliva sample bottle.
Dean and the boys’ mother, Laura, have had their story broadcast on radio and television, as well as appearing in local and national newspapers. All Dean’s colleagues at COBA Plastics want to help by spreading the word as much as possible.
If you are healthy and eligible, PLEASE do register yourself: attend the Leicestershire event on 13th March, or simply help us to spread the word, around the world if need be.