Rajee was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) at a very young age of 12. Since then, Rajee's determined fight against CML has been a revelation as she set an example of someone leading a normal happy life undeterred by this condition.
Despite her painful treatments, she faced the world leading a purposeful life never seeking sympathy. Graduating as an Software engineer, she joined Microsoft and subsequently went on to contribute to projects for some of the largest banking corporations in the world.
Mani had known Rajee for over 4 years before he learned that she had cancer. He became her life partner in 2009 and joined her battle against cancer and has been her pillar of support. He has since participated in a number of events to increase public awarness of cancer. He ran the 2016 London Marathon and raised an amazing £5,000 for Anthony Nolan.
‘I met my wife through work and I didn’t know she had CML for three or four years. One of our friends told me she had cancer and I thought they were joking! She’s very ambitious and isn’t the type to tell people she’s ill as she doesn’t want it to define her. I was shocked when I found out but it actually helped me to understand her better.'
Blast Crisis (BC) is the sword of Damocles hanging over a patient with chronic myeloid leukemia. On 20th January 2017, Rajee progressed into Blast Crisis significantly increasing the odds against her survival. The only chance for her recovery was for her to undergo a stem cell transplant from a matching donor in the next 30 days.
As she waited, her condition become worse and on the 6th April 2017, she succumbed to a severe infection and is no longer with us.
Your saliva can save a human life. Yes, you are reading it right. Your saliva has the potential to save a life of one of the hundreds of CML patients, who are waiting for a suitable donor to be found for a stem cell transplant to survive Leukemia.
Leukemia, commonly known as blood cancer, is a condition where the number of White Blood cells (WBC) in a person far exceeds what the acceptable limits. Excessive WBC would kill other cells in one's body, often resulting in death.
Stem cell donation is a simple process and like blood, stem cells are constantly produced by our body and hence would be regenerated. But unlike blood donation, the probability of finding a donor is much less and it requires a worldwide search and a miracle to find the person who can save the life of a CML patient. If you can contribute a swab of your saliva to one of the cancer registries around the world, every CML patient living with hope gets a crucial chance to find out if you are their saviour.
It only takes a bit of your saliva to become a part of the registry. If you are that matching donor who can save a life, the process to give stem cells is as simple as a blood donation.
PBSC stands for Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation. It is very similar to a blood platelets donation. Blood from one arm is let to flow into an Apheresis machine, the required blood stem cells are separated and collected for the recepient and remaining blood is sent back into the donor.
The Apheresis cycle takes 8 hours in 90% of the cases. You can get back to your regular life almost immediately. It takes less than a day to save a life.
No! You will be invited to the nearest Apheresis centre which will collect the stem cells. The registry will transport it to the patient's location for the procedure.
If you are between 18-50, in good health and free from major heart, kidney and liver diseases, you can register to save a life.
No. A bit of your saliva is enough to determine your HLA type.
No. Registries are not for profit organizations funded by donations. But if you should wish to make a donation, you can get in touch with them.
Please choose your location and join the nearest registry.
Cancer registries around the world work together to find a suitable donor. You can If you wish to help save a life, you can find the nearest registry from the below list and enroll as a donor.Find a registry