Help Us Find a Donor Match for Talia

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Talia Tosun

At the heart of iTech is our team of highly skilled ArchiTechs. Each of us contributes an essential piece to the puzzle and we support one another in our work and personal lives. Sadly, in April our data whizz, Talia Tosun aka ArchiTech #43, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) and has since been off work while undergoing gruelling chemotherapy. At the end of August, she was informed that she needs a bone marrow transplant due to chemotherapy being ineffective.

Unfortunately, her sister isn’t a match, nor is anybody currently on the Anthony Nolan donor register. Talia is of Turkish Cypriot descent and her best possible match would be from somebody of the same ethnicity, however, there is currently a huge lack of black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) donors. It is vital that we raise awareness to diversify the register and to ensure Talia and others have a chance of getting lifesaving stem cells.

We all miss Talia hugely and eagerly await her return, but our main desire is to see her fit and healthy again, so if you or somebody you know fits the following criteria, we urge you to sign up and share this page as you could be her lifesaving match.

  • Turkish, Turkish Cypriot, Greek Cypriot, or Middle Eastern
  • Age 16+
  • In good health

We stress that you can register WHEREVER you are in the world with any of the bone marrow donor registries in your country of residence.

Recently, iTech opened its doors to blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan for a stem cell donor awareness event. Approximately 50% of ArchiTechs signed up to the register and sent off their swabs – check out how easy the sign-up process was in the video below.

  • If you fit the match, simply register with your country-specific bone marrow donor registry. You can find this out on in the ‘Where to Register’ box or via Google.
  • In the UK, for example, this could be Anthony Nolan (16-30) or DKMS (30+).
  • You’ll be sent a swab pack in the post. Simply swab both inner cheeks and send back.
  • If you’re a match, they’ll be in touch to verify whether you’re healthy and happy to proceed.
  • 90% of donors have their stem cells collected through the bloodstream in a simple process called peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection.
  • Only 10% of donors have their stem cells collected via the bone marrow itself. There are myths about this being a painful procedure, but it is mostly performed under general anesthetic.
  • Learn how it feels to donate stem cells or bone marrow here.

If you’re over 30 and would like to sign up to be a blood stem cell donor, head to DKMS.

A big thank you from everybody at iTech for supporting our #SwabForTalia appeal. Your kindness hasn't gone unnoticed