Lara Casalotti, a 24-year-old Chinese-Thai-Italian student has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and urgently needs a stem cell donor to save her life.
Lara’s mixed heritage makes it extremely hard to find a stem cell donor as matching types are an inherited trait. Unfortunately not even her only brother is a match.
The family has launched an online campaign Match4lara encouraging ethnic minorities to sign up to be bone-marrow donors. Only 3% of donors on the public stem cell registries are of mixed race.
Lara’s family says that by joining a national bone marrow registry you can provide a potential gift of life to Lara and others like her in their time of greatest need.
MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Tulip Siddiq has invited Prime Minister David Cameron to support the Match4lara campaign. Speaking during the Question Time in Parliament, Ms Siddiq said that on Saturday the 02 Centre in her constituency will be running a spit drive to get as many people as possible on the bone marrow register.
She asked: “Will the Prime Minister join me at this event on Saturday and will he send a message of support to those working to keep Lara alive?”
Mr David confirmed that he’ll join Ms Siddiq in supporting Lara’s campaign. “I have had meetings with the bone marrow organisations in Number 10 Downing Street to support the matching campaign and I’m sure by her raising it at Question Time in this way many others will want to come to this event on Saturday and support Lara in the way she suggests.”
Visit match4lara.com to see how you can help save Lara’s life.