BBC backs appeal for stem cell donors after reporter's leukemia diagnosis

The BBC is appealing for help for reporter Sue Lloyd-Roberts who “urgently” needs a stem cell donor after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Lloyd-Roberts has told on her blog how director general Tony Hall “has kindly agreed for the Anthony Nolan Trust to appeal for donors at the new BBC building (as seen in W1A), New Broadcasting House, on Monday, June 22nd”.

She said: “I shall be there to encourage and thank those who volunteer to give a saliva sample and become possible stem cell donors. Sadly, only those under 30 years need apply which rules out the vast majority of my friends.

“But, if you know any willing young people living or working in London on that day, please ask them to come along. Just call me on 07956309335 and I’ll come and get them.”

She is in need of bone marrow cells from a donor with the same tissue type as her. The Daily Mail reports that "because there are millions of tissue combinations, finding a match can be complicated".

Channel 4 News’s Michael Crick has also appealed for help in a blog in which he described her as “one most of the most extraordinary reporters in TV history”.

The appeal also appeared in today’s Daily Mail and in The Guardian.

For more information, see Lloyd-Roberts' blog and www.anthonynolan.org.

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