Forest Hill leukaemia sufferer supported by Tulisa and Peter Andre in transplant appeal

News Shopper: Forest Hill leukaemia sufferer supported by Tulisa and Peter Andre in transplant appeal Forest Hill leukaemia sufferer supported by Tulisa and Peter Andre in transplant appeal

A FOREST HILL woman suffering from leukaemia is urgently seeking a bone marrow donor who could save her life.

Bengu Shail, of Mayow Road, was diagnosed in 2009 with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a cancer of the blood, and went through two years of intensive treatment to beat the disease, giving up her job as a TV producer to work for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

But in October this year, Ms Shail, born in north Cyprus, received the devastating news that her illness had returned and spread to her whole body.

Now the 34-year-old's only hope of survival is a bone marrow transplant, from a Cypriot donor - someone with a similar genetic background to her.

But, because of the lack of Turkish or Greek Cypriots on the worldwide donor register, no suitable candidate has been found.

She said: "All of us want a cure for cancer. In my case the cure is not in the hands of scientists, it’s in the hands of my community - selfless people who are willing to spare a few hours of their time to give someone like me a chance to live."

With the help of charities the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, Leukaemia Cancer Society and Anthony Nolan, a series of recruitment drives are being held to find a bone marrow match, while celebrities Peter Andre and Tulisa have also pledged support.

Ms Shail, currently having chemotherapy at Lewisham Hospital, said: "I really hope we can increase the numbers of Cypriot people on the register and make sure other families never experience the heartache and fear my family are going through right now.

"Obviously I'm desperate to save my own life, but I also want to get as many people donating as possible."

People from all backgrounds aged 16 to 49 who reside in the UK are welcome at the first drive, held at Dr Fasil Kucuk Turkish School, Conisborough College, Bellingham Road, Catford, on December 8 from 11am to 5pm.

For more on the appeal, visit aclt.org or the Facebook group Give the Girl a Bone Marrow.

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5:14pm Fri 30 Nov 12

mouthalmighty says...

You are very brave Ms Shall. Snd well done for getting this appeal going and bringing this matter to the fore. It's not that people do not want to donate, its just that they dont know how to or whether they are needed. Good luck Ms Shall. I hope this campaign works for you.
You are very brave Ms Shall. Snd well done for getting this appeal going and bringing this matter to the fore. It's not that people do not want to donate, its just that they dont know how to or whether they are needed. Good luck Ms Shall. I hope this campaign works for you. mouthalmighty

6:00pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Come on all you people who could be eligible to donate, please get in touch!
Come on all you people who could be eligible to donate, please get in touch! Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott

12:08pm Sat 1 Dec 12

ksc says...

I wish Miss Shall all the luck in the world,in the hunt for a donor, something good will turn up.
I wish Miss Shall all the luck in the world,in the hunt for a donor, something good will turn up. ksc

10:26am Tue 4 Dec 12

jane wiggins says...

I would just like to say i lived in earlsthorpe road for 4 years which is by mayow road, my daughter is 6 years old and is in remission for all, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. she has also suffered a stroke and has 2 blood clotts on her heart. i has a mother have no choice but to hold on to hope and have faith to believe all will be well for her future. ino what it fills like to be desperaate with the heartache you and your family are suffering right now, but my message to you just believe and hold on that someone will come forward with a donar god bless xxxxx
I would just like to say i lived in earlsthorpe road for 4 years which is by mayow road, my daughter is 6 years old and is in remission for all, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. she has also suffered a stroke and has 2 blood clotts on her heart. i has a mother have no choice but to hold on to hope and have faith to believe all will be well for her future. ino what it fills like to be desperaate with the heartache you and your family are suffering right now, but my message to you just believe and hold on that someone will come forward with a donar god bless xxxxx jane wiggins

8:59pm Thu 6 Dec 12

mouthalmighty says...

Jane wiggins hang on in there. I wish you and your daughter all the best. I say 'you' because you are going through he'll as well. You are feeling probably more pain than your daughter. Take care.
Jane wiggins hang on in there. I wish you and your daughter all the best. I say 'you' because you are going through he'll as well. You are feeling probably more pain than your daughter. Take care. mouthalmighty

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