Liverpool fans can help boost the number of vital stem cell donors at a walk-in clinic in Goodison Park this weekend.
Everton FC opens its doors for a collection event on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October, hosted by the blood cancer charity DKMS, to find potential donors to add to the international registry.
Former Blues defender Gary Stevens – whose four-year-old son Jack is in desperate need of a donor after suffering a cancer relapse following treatment for juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare blood cancer that affects young children – encourages as many people as possible to show up and be swabbed.
“Imagine having the power to save someone’s life? If you like the idea of having that power, please come to Goodison and support the event, ”said Stevens, who now lives in Australia.
“You can have a simple mouth swab, sign up within five minutes and you could end up saving someone’s life halfway around the world.
“It has been a difficult few years for the Stevens family, with my little boy suffering from rare leukemia. The support we have had throughout this difficult time has been very heartwarming, and it may be a bit too late to save Jack.
“However, there are little kids all over the world who are in desperate need of a match for their stem cells, so please volunteer your time and you just might find yourself a superhero!”
Healthy adult fans aged 17 to 55 are invited to visit the Captains’ Table Lounge, located in the Park End at Goodison Park, on Saturdays or Sundays, where a series of simple, painless swabs are taken from inside. of the mouth in a five-minute recording process.
The opening hours of the walk-in clinic will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is available at the stadium on Saturdays, and street parking is only available on Sundays.
If contacted at a later date, fans who have the potential to save lives by becoming a stem cell donor will be asked to forgo half a day to travel to specialist centers in Birmingham, Sheffield or London for become a donor. All costs would be covered and employers contacted by the charity to ensure that time off can be granted for a good cause.
If you can’t attend the event at Goodison Park but still want to help out, and you’re between 17 and 55 years old and in general good health, you can still sign up for your kit online. home swab or donate to cover swab processing costs, at www.dkms.org.uk/jack.