About Roger

Roger R. Moore, a 36 year old Management Consultant from London UK, chose to become an ‘international lifesaver’, much like the legendary character ‘James Bond’, played by his namesake. Cambridge graduate Roger became a regular blood donor 10 years ago, and later joined the bone marrow register.

In a twist of fate, on 3rd July 2013, Roger was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), an aggressive life-threatening blood cancer. Roger is currently undergoing chemotherapy at The London Clinic and now urgently needs a bone marrow transplant from stem cells donated by a ‘perfect stranger’.

Roger said “People say I’m heroic, but I don’t see it that way. I simply try my best to be community-minded, and have always sought to contribute through volunteering, mentoring or blood donation. I was prepared to anonymously donate my stem cells to save someone who needed a transplant. I never expected to be in that position myself. My leukaemia diagnosis has a bitter irony, as doctors told me that they had found a perfect match – only to realise, it was me! The odds of finding a Black donor match are around 1 in 100,000 – that’s like finding 1 person out of two packed-out Anfield stadiums at my beloved Liverpool FC.”

Roger’s parents are from the Caribbean island of Barbados and a genetically matched donor of similar ethnicity offers him the best chance of survival.

Roger’s family are deeply concerned that a match won’t be found in time. Historically very few Black donors have signed up; they either don’t know, are fearful or have been misinformed about how simple it is to donate. However, Roger holds firm to the belief that his community will help him beat blood cancer and that he will have a chance of a healthy life again.

The Facts: Less than 1 per cent of the 800,000 donors on the UK Bone Marrow register are Black African Caribbean, African or Black mixed race. Alas, there are no bone marrow registers in the Caribbean. UK donors are the key.

Roger commented “We are blessed with UK donor registers and we reach out to ask people to volunteer and register to give the gift of life. The battle against cancer cannot be won with the help of fictional characters, but with the everyday selfless heroes in our communities. We are grateful for the support of charities such as the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) and Delete Blood Cancer UK (DKMS). Through my ‘BeTheHero’ appeal, we are determined to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and help find more donors.”

In June 2013, Roger developed flu-like symptoms and took the usual flu-remedies. His gums became inflamed and he promptly visited his dentist. Within a week, his symptoms had escalated to a high fever with a severe gum infection. The antibiotics prescribed just did not work and a CT scan ruled out the suspected gum disease. Roger was rushed to Newham Hospital A&E and after a series of blood tests, he was given the devastating news. His cancer therapies leave his immune system weakened; even an everyday infection could be fatal.

ACLT and Delete Blood Cancer UK rally support for Roger and appeal for more community heroes willing to get registered right now to see if they could be a match. They invite people, particularly those from minority ethnic communities to see if they could BeTheHero for a hero’.



By BeTheHero in association with African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ALCT) & Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS) - 20 July 2013

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