Reality star Kim Kardashian West on Tuesday put her considerable social media influence behind a drive to find a bone marrow donor match for a Jewish father of three in Los Angeles who has been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.
Israeli Adam Krief, 31, who lives in California, was diagnosed two months ago with primary myelofibrosis, and searches for a suitable donor have so far been unsuccessful.
In messages posted to her Facebook and Twitter accounts, Kardashian called on the public to be tested in the hope of finding a match for Krief, who has a rare blood type.
“My best friend Allison’s 2 year old son is in school with a little boy called Joel, and his dad Adam needs our help!” Kardashian wrote. “He is 31 and a father of three who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer called primary myelofibrosis.”
“He is desperately searching for a bone marrow match to survive, and you could be that match!! Go to Hope 4 Adam to find out how you can help!! Xo”
Some 29,288,000 people have ‘liked’ Kardashian’s main Facebook page, and the internationally known star has over 48 million followers on Twitter.
A donor match drive is scheduled for Israel on Wednesday, with testing available at dozens of locations across the country. Initial screening for a blood type involves a simple saliva swab.
The testing also hopes to find a match for two-year-old Adam Goman, of the central Israeli city of Modi’in, who was diagnosed with myelodysplasia and also needs a bone marrow transplant.
Go to https://t.co/NEh8CLCwRD now to find out how you can help!! Xo
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 27, 2016
Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem Ein Kerem and the Ma’avak Lehayim (Struggle for Life) organization are hoping to raise NIS 4 million ($1,066,000) to help pay for the saliva tests, which cost NIS 200 ($53) to process.
The Hope 4 Adam Facebook page details the efforts to find a match for Krief.