Mum happy with donor registration drive response

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The mum of an eight-year-old who needs a bone marrow transplant says she is pleased with the turnout at an event to encourage more people to register as donors.

Keano Klein, of Kettering, lacks white blood cells because he suffers from Kostmann’s Syndrome, meaning even a common cold could lead to life-threatening complications.

Keano Klein, eight, and mum Chantelle Moore

Keano Klein, eight, and mum Chantelle Moore

His mother, Chantelle Moore, held the event on Saturday, May 18, at The Centre MK in Milton Keynes.

She and Keano are Zimbabwean, and need to find a mixed-race donor, so held the event in the town because of its large Zimbabwean population.

Chantelle said: “It was a fairly good turnout, A lot of cancer patients came out to show their support.”

She said 58 people gave swab samples and there was an unknown number of blood samples as well.

She added: “A lot of kids around the age of 18 came as well.

“We were there from about 12pm until nearly 7pm.”

Chantelle said she will know in the next few days whether any of the new registered donors is a match for Keano.

She will also be appearing on Luton-based internet radio station Tropical FM this week in a bid to encourage even more people to sign up to the donor register.