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Queens Park Rangers defender Jimmy Dunne is asking fans for blood stem cell donations

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Aug-19 13:46 first published at 13:46 PM


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Queens Park Rangers host Rotherham United in the Championship this weekend, but on Saturday, fans will be asked to see more than just the inside of Loftus Road.

DKMS, a blood cancer charity, will set up a swab center outside the stadium, hoping to encourage people to take a test and see if they are a match for a youngster in need of treatment. QPR defender Jimmy Dunne will spearhead the initiative.

Over 15,000 fans attended the Hoops’ first home game of the season and just under 13,000 at the second, with Rotherham supporters also encouraged to attend.

Daniel Greer, a 14-year-old family friend of Dunne’s, has acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and requires a blood stem cell donor.

Following chemotherapy, doctors informed the teen that he would require a bone marrow transplant.

“I’m asking Rotherham fans, QPR fans, and the football community as a whole,” Dunne said. “It means more than how important the football match is to people.” We are obsessed with football and consider it to be our life, but there are people out there fighting for their lives. The more people who show up, the more likely it is that we will find a match.” We require your assistance! QPR is collaborating with the family of @jimmydunne70 to help 14-year-old Daniel Greer, and we need your help this weekend. #QPR | #DoitforDaniel https://twitter.com/eH29Q6qMre August 17, 2022 — QPR FC (@QPR) The test center will be located on South Africa Road between 12:30pm and 2:30pm prior to the game, and fans will be able to be swab tested immediately before kickoff. Dunne also mentioned that matches could be found for other people looking for donors all over the UK. He also hopes to enlist the participation of teams other than QPR. “It’s an emergency and a race against time.” “I talked to some of the lads about it,” Dunne told the Irish Times. “It has taken some of them by surprise. It is still very new, but the staff has been wonderful and very supportive. Going forward, after Saturday’s game, I’ll talk more about it, and hopefully we can get test kits sent out to every football club, or as many as want to participate.” From news to politics, travel to sports, culture to climate, The Independent has a free newsletter for you. Click here to find the stories you want to read and more in your inbox.

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