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£4,665raised of £10,000 target by 125 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,665 to help fund our search for a stem cell donor for Ruby, and support her family to shoulder the financial burden brought about by her illness.

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    London, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Saturday, 15th April 2017

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    In October last year Ruby was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. In order to make a full recovery she needs a stem cell donation and currently there is no match for her on the international register. A match for Ruby is likely to be of Latin-American heritage, and currently there is a massive shortage of people registered from all ethnic minorities.

    A group of family and friends have recently started a campaign to try and raise as much awareness as possible about this disparity, in order to help Ruby in the first instance, and also to highlight the wider issue of the lack of diversity on the international stem cell register.

    We have used social media to highlight Ruby's appeal, have attracted the interest of the news media, with radio interviews, TV coverage and newspaper articles. We have run a number of stem cell donor registration events in London in areas with high Latino populations and have managed to add thousands of new people to the stem cell donor registries in person and online and across ALL ethnicities.

    We've achieved a lot but we have lots more to do, and we need to do it quickly so we have decided to try and raise some money to help fund larger scale events and register more potential donors.

    Everyone involved has offered their time and resources voluntarily and we will continue to do this but as a matter of urgency we also need to raise money to help support Ruby and her very young family in this incredible time of need. As any of you who have experienced anything like this will know, there are huge financial implications when someone is critically ill.

    We would like to take these financial stresses away from Ruby and her husband Sam, so that they are free to enjoy their time together and most importantly free to focus on Ruby getting well again.

    Please help support our urgent campaign to help this family in their desperate time of need, by giving what you can.

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    • Team Ruby5 months ago
      Team Ruby

      Team Ruby

      5 months ago

      This week we received the wonderful news that against all the odds a match for Ruby has been found! This is such a huge step forward for Ruby in terms of her being able to have real hope of overcoming her illness and looking to the future. The road is still a long and challenging one though so we continue to be right behind Ruby and Sam in tackling this next stage. Meanwhile we are by no means finished with the work we've started. We are continuing to recruit new lifesavers on a mission to diversify the register and thank you for all your help.

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    • Team Ruby6 months ago
      Team Ruby

      Team Ruby

      6 months ago

      We had our most successful drive yet on Sunday with the support of London Saracens. People were literally queuing up to swab. The response to Ruby's plight continues to be heartwarming. The goodwill around them and the desire to keep Ruby, Sam and their children together is amazing. We thank you for all your support.

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    • Team Ruby6 months ago
      Team Ruby

      Team Ruby

      6 months ago

      Thank you so much to all of you who have donated so far. Ruby is currently battling through her third phase of treatment which is particularly tough. The knowledge that so many people have been prepared to donate time and ideas was something Ruby spoke about in her eloquent video just before she returned to hospital. Your generosity here is another element of the Register For Ruby appeal that has been notable and is lifting a burden of worry from the family as they concentrate on Ruby's health and hope for a match to turn up soon. Thank you

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    Supporters

    125

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 8, 2017

      Trusting that you'll have a full recovery Ruby, bless x

    • Megan Benson

      Megan Benson

      Apr 8, 2017

      Best wishes xx

      £30.00

    • S Borges

      S Borges

      Apr 7, 2017

      £20.00

    • Sarah Grealy

      Sarah Grealy

      Apr 7, 2017

      Sending you love & prayers & joy & hope.

      £25.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 31, 2017

      Love and Best Wishes

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 29, 2017

      Best wishes for you! []

      £10.00

    • Francis Weaver

      Francis Weaver

      Mar 28, 2017

      £5.00

    About the fundraiser
    Team Ruby

    Team Ruby

    London, United Kingdom

    We are a group of family and friends who are supporting Ruby in her desperate search for a stem cell donor to cure her lymphoblastic leukaemia and lymphoma.We aim to diversify the bone marrow register to increase the chances of all to find a donor match, whatever their ethnicity.

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