Lara Casalotti finds stem cell donor match 

10/02/2016 00:00 
UCLH leukaemia patient Lara Casalotti has found a stem cell donor, following a global campaign to find a suitable match for her.

Lara, 24, was diagnosed with the blood cancer in December and was told that a stem cell transplant represented her best hope of a cure.

Finding a stem cell donor presented a challenge because of Lara’s Chinese-Thai-Italian heritage. Only three per cent of the world’s stem cell donors are mixed race.
In response, Lara’s family started the global campaign #Match4Lara to encourage more donors to come forward. Around 20,000 people have registered and a suitable donor has now been found for Lara.

The stem cell transplant is planned for March; it will take place here at UCLH.

Lara said: "I am extremely happy and my family are very relieved that a donor has been found. I am so grateful to that person out there who has agreed to donate. Thanks to people like my donor who are on the registries, blood cancer patients have the chance to have life-saving treatment.

“There are thousands of other patients still waiting for their match, so I urge everyone who hasn’t registered yet to do so. The Match4Lara campaign will continue to work on expanding and diversifying the donor registry.”

To find out how to register as a donor visit


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