My story: Roger R. Moore

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Roger R. Moore, a representative from ACLT

Roger R. Moore, a 36 year old Management Consultant from London UK, chose to become an ‘international lifesaver’, much like the legendary character ‘James Bond’, played by his namesake. Cambridge graduate Roger became a regular blood donor 10 years ago, and later joined the bone marrow register, in the hope of saving the life of someone who needed a stem cell transplant.

In a twist of fate, on 3 July 2013, Roger was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), an aggressive life-threatening blood cancer. Roger is currently undergoing chemotherapy at The London Clinic and now urgently needs a bone marrow transplant from stem cells donated by a ‘perfect stranger’.

Roger said “People say I’m heroic, but I don’t see it that way. I simply try my best to be community-minded, and have always sought to contribute through volunteering, mentoring or blood donation. I was prepared to anonymously donate my stem cells to save someone who needs a transplant. I never expected to be in that position myself. My leukaemia diagnosis has a bitter irony, as doctors told me that they had found a perfect match – only to realise, it was me!  The odds of finding a Black donor match are around 1 in 100,000 – that’s like finding 1 person out of two packed-out Anfield stadiums at my beloved Liverpool FC.”

Roger’s parents are from the Caribbean island of Barbados, a genetically matched donor of similar ethnicity offers him the best chance of success.

Roger’s family are deeply concerned that a match won’t be found in time. Historically very few Black donors have signed up; they either don’t know, are fearful or have been misinformed about how simple it is to donate.

However, Roger holds firm to the belief that his community will help him beat blood cancer and that he will have a chance of a healthy life again.