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Ropes & Gray partner makes plea for potential bone marrow donors to come forward to help daughter

A Ropes & Gray antitrust partner whose five-year-old daughter is battling an aggressive form of leukaemia is campaigning to find matching bone marrow donors to help save her life. Ropes City partner Ruchit Patel’s daughter Kaiya's best chance of survival is an immediate bone marrow transplant. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when her family noticed bruising on her legs. Patel is now campaigning with his family for more people to come forward and register with DKMS, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting blood cancer and helping patients find matching donors. None of Kaiya's family was a match and her Asian ethnicity mean she has a lower chance of finding a suitable donor. Patel said that the response from his colleagues at Ropes and ex-colleagues at firms he has formerly worked at, which includes Slaughter and May, has been "unbelievable" and that it "means the world to (him). Thank you to everyone who’s already supported us." He added that since the beginning of the campaign, a total of around 30,000 people have registered to help find a donor for Kaiya. The family is now calling for people of Indian descent aged between 17 and 55 years of age to come forward to be tested. The self-test kit from DKMS involves taking a swab from your cheek and returning it to DKMS to see if you are a match for Kaiya or any other patient suffering from blood cancer. Thousands of people have already responded to Kaiya's campaign through social media.The Facebook page set up to support Kaiya now has more than 4,000 followers and posts from the 'cureKaiya' Twitter account have been shared by actors and comedians including Ricky Gervais and Sanjeev Bhaskar. Patel said: "Please do consider registering on a bone marrow database.  It is a costless way to help children with cancer and to save a life." Click here to learn more about Kaiya's story in the Daily Mail