Raheem Sterling fights for cancer patient
Jamaican-born English footballer, Raheem Sterling, is engaged in a massive campaign to help save the life of a kid.
Sterling has been using his Facebook page to get persons to make a blood stem cell donation to help Damary Dawkins,12, who has been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia since he was nine.
"Guys this is very important we need to help this kid," Sterling posted alongside a picture of Damary.
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is a form of cancer in the blood and bone marrow.
"Doctors have confirmed his only hope of survival is through stem cell treatment," Sterling wrote.
Blood cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK, with someone being diagnosed every 20 minutes. Research estimates that only 30 per cent of the blood cancer patients in need of blood stem cell donation find a donor within their family.
He said the worldwide register has no matches for Dawkins, adding that "there are not enough Afro-Caribbean donors on the register."
"If you are of Afro-Caribbean descent please sign up to be a donor, you could be a match for Damary or someone else that needs your help," Sterling said.
The footballer's role in seeking to get help for Dawkins has not gone unnoticed.
"Thank you for your incredible support here Raheem! Every potential blood stem cell donor is a glimmer of hope for people facing blood cancers all over the world," DKMS, the international non-profit organisation which is leading the efforts to get potential blood stem cell donors for Dawkins said.
A Facebook user said: "I hated you since you left Liverpool But after this it seems u r not so bad after all Hope this kid gets well."
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP DAWKINS
Visit http://www.dkms.org.uk/ for more information.
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