Whenever a patient with blood cancer or a blood disorder needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant, the charity searches the register, looking for someone who is a genetic match for that patient. A month ago, the Anthony Nolan charity contacted Rhianna to inform her that she is a match and asked her if she was still willing to donate as they have a patient with blood cancer who needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant. Rhianna was more than willing to help. The procedure took place at a private clinic in Harley Street where she donated her stem cells via her bloodstream, a straightforward process called peripheral blood stem cell collection (9 out of 10 people donate their stem cells through this method).
Rhianna’s story is so inspirational that her lecturers have asked her to deliver a presentation to other Health and Social Care learners to educate them about the lifesaving difference they can make.
It all starts with someone being ready and willing to help. Rhianna’s generosity and selflessness has helped saved someone’s life.