Leader: Karen’s donation is selfless and inspirational

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There are few things as selfless as undergoing a week of exhausting medical treatments, putting your own health at risk, for someone you do not know and of whom you may never learn the fate.

Our front page article about Karen Thomson Hickson’s journey through bone marrow donation, is eye-opening and inspirational.

Karen gave her donation in 2014 not knowing the identity of the recipient or even where in the world he lived.

Almost five years later, she learned that her actions directly saved the life of a man from Canada, suffering from an acute form of leukemia.

The recipient would undoubtedly not be alive today without her bone marrow donation but is now living a normal, healthy life.

There are constant appeals from families desperate for donors to join registers in the chance they may be a match with sick relatives.

Just this week the family of nine-year-old Chloe Purvis from Fort William,  diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, appealed for people to join registers such as DKMS.

Most people would accept these donations, so why are so few willing to give them?