Yvette is our beloved friend, sister, daughter and cousin, she is an explorer who makes friends wherever she goes. When not traveling, she spends her life maintaining beautiful buildings for the nation, from Buckingham Palace to the Barbican.
In May 2021 she was suddenly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a rare aggressive blood cancer, and now she only has months to live. The last line of treatment is a stem cell transplant, but it needs to be a 90 percent genetic match.
Since Yvette’s diagnosis last May she’s been in and out of hospital for chemotherapy. She turned 41 in October 2021 and managed a weekend out of hospital. She then started an experimental trial, but devastatingly, in February 2022 she was told the trial had failed, and without treatment she has three to six months left to live. Now her only chance for survival is to find a match for stem cell donation through the bone marrow register.
Yvette Chin said:
“There are others in my situation right now, and there will be more in the future. People, who like me, want to see their nieces, nephews, sons and daughters grow up. The more people who sign up right now, the more likely there will be a bone marrow match for me and countless others.”
Yvette has Chinese and Jamaican heritage. Donors are identified through genetic matching. Patients who need a donor are most likely to find a match from within their family, or where there is no family match (as in Yvette’s case), from someone with the same ethnicity.
We are running out of time. You can be the match - please register today and become a donor.