Anthony Nolan’s chief executive, Henny Braund, has made the following statement in response to the news of Kaiya Patel’s death:
‘We are all deeply saddened to hear the news that Kaiya, whose family set up the ‘Cure Kaiya’ campaign, passed away on Sunday. Her death at such a young age is simply a tragedy.
‘Kaiya’s inspiring family and their incredible work signing up thousands of potential stem cell donors from diverse backgrounds, has created a lifesaving legacy in Kaiya’s name, that will continue to give people a second chance of life for many years to come.
‘We hope this is of some comfort to all who knew and loved her, and our thoughts are with Kaiya’s family at this difficult time.’