Ed Sheeran urges people to help seven-year-old cancer patient Jasmi Lindberg Cooke and sign up as stem cell donor
PUBLISHED: 17:42 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:12 21 July 2017
The family of a seven-year-old girl from Bury St Edmunds in urgent need of a stem cell transplant is calling for as many people as possible to join the register.
The campaign has now been backed by Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran who has encouraged fans to join the stem cell register in support of a seven-year-old cancer patient who is desperately searching for a matching donor.
The musician posted a picture of himself holding a piece of paper with the phrase “#JoinforJasmi” to encourage people to sign up to the registry held by the blood cancer charity DKMS.
He captioned the picture: “Seven-year-old Jasmi urgently needs a blood stem cell donor. There is a worldwide search and we urge you to join the register. It’s free! It’s easy! A simple cheek swab and you might be able to save a life.”
Jasmi Lindberg Cooke has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia for four years. Following a reoccurrence she is in hospital receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Charity DKMS said the youngster now “urgently” needs to find a matching blood stem cell donor to give her the best chance of survival.
Jasmi’s mother, Rena Cooke, said: “To watch your child go through this is heartbreaking. Jasmi has pretty much spent her entire childhood in and out of hospital but she has been incredibly brave and strong.
“We’re ultimately looking for a stranger to help give Jasmi a second chance of life – you could be her potential lifesaver or anyone else living with a blood cancer.
“Please take a few minutes out of your day to register as a blood stem cell donor. You could be making such a difference to someone.”
Joe Hallet, senior donor recruitment manager at DKMS, added: “For someone living with a blood cancer finding a match is like winning the lottery – that’s why it’s vital that more people register to become potential lifesavers.
“If you are aged between 17 and 55 and in general good health please register online today for a home swab kit at dkms.org.uk and go on standby to help save someone living with a blood cancer.”