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Over 1500 People Sign up to Stem Cell Register During 30 Day Campaign

Today was the final day of a 30 day campaign to recruit people to join the stem cell donor register and save the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.


The campaign called Pass It On Leicester was organised by leukaemia survivor Rik Basra, a former Leicestershire Police officer.



In 2011 Rik beat leukaemia after a suitable bone marrow match was found in Germany. After his recovery he set up The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign to help prevent other families having to go through the same agonising wait to find a match.


31 Leicestershire organisations joined forces to run daily awareness events and registration drives throughout September to sign people to the register as part of the Blood Cancer Awareness Month.


The final day which took place today at the De Montfort University campus, saw hundreds of students join the register.


The Pass It On Leicester flag which is covered with hundreds of signatures of people who have signed the register was paraded from Regent College to the University.


RIk Basra said: “I know just what it feels like when your sitting there with no hope, with no donor in sight and I want to make sure I can do everything I can to make sure that other people who are in the same position and together with them their families and loved ones don’t have to go through what I had to go through”


“We’ve had a fantastic time, each day has been totally different, we’ve had people signing up in their droves, our target was 1500, and I can tell you know that we have smashed that”


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