A dedicated blood cancer charity volunteer has spoken about the importance to address the low chances of finding a stem cell match within the Asian community. 

Manj Kaur, is supporting DKMS, who revealed that individuals of minority ethnic backgrounds in the UK being treated for blood cancers and disorders currently face a stark 37% chance of finding a compatible lifesaving stem cell donor. 

This is compared to people of Northern European ethnic backgrounds, who have a 72% chance of finding a matching donor.

DKMS is a non-profit organisations dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. 

Manj said: "We can't wait until it hits close to home to take action." 

"Having witnessed the devastating impact of cancer on my own family, losing my husband and my mother, I've seen first-hand the urgent need for a diverse donor pool." 

Asian Image:

Manj, joined fellow volunteers at an event in Birmingham to celebrate the achievements of the DKMS West Midlands volunteering hub throughout this past year who have registered more than 500 people, predominately from the Asian community. 

The sold-out black-tie event took place at the Manor Grove banqueting hall in Birmingham, attracting over 400 guests. 

Hosted by Harjap Bhangal, the evening saw performances by renowned artists such as PBN, Sardara Gill, Ultimate Bhangra, Dr Tabla, Beat Asylum, and USR. 

It raised  £34,000, but it also highlighted more awareness of blood cancers and disorders. The money raised at the event for DKMS UK will help them in their goal of registering as many people as possible between the ages of 17-55 and bringing matches to all blood cancer patients in need.