An URGENT appeal has gone out to help find a matching bone marrow donor for a Turkish Cypriot diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer. Mrs Letife Çavuşoğlu, aged 49 has recently found out she has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) – the same disease that Bengu Shail bravely battled against.

Letife, formerly a pharmacist at Chase Farm Hospital, is currently having chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. The Turkish Cypriot Doctors & Dentists Association UK, supported by ‘Delete Blood Cancer UK’ (the UK arm of DKMS – the biggest donor centre in the world), has launched a campaign to quickly help find her a life-saving donor.

Two donor testing events are being hosted in London next month with British Turks and others originating from the Mediterranean region aged between 17-55 years old and of good health invited to attend. The testing process is simple: register your personal details and provide a cheek swab sample, which all takes just a few minutes. The samples will be tested to see if they match with Letife. Details will also be held on the donor database of Delete Blood Cancer UK in case it can help others fighting this deadly disease.