Kim Kardashian tests for bone marrow match

2013-06-05 14:28
Los Angeles - Kim Kardashian took a swab test on Monday to see if she is a bone marrow match for her cousin Cici, who urgently needs a transplant.

The reality TV star, who is set to give birth to her first child next month, and her mother Kris Jenner filmed short videos for their Keek profiles of themselves taking saliva samples to be tested, after issuing several appeals in support of Cici, who has been battling cancer for 17 years and recently stopped responding to chemotherapy.

The 32-year-old beauty said in the video: "I am going to try and see if I am a perfect DNA match for Cici, because she needs a bone marrow transplant."

She also encouraged her fans to take the test to see if they are a match for Cici or anyone else seeking a bone marrow transplant, adding: "We are going to see if I am a match. I hope you guys can do this, it's so easy, it's just a little swab to the cheek."

Kourtney appeals to fans

Kourtney issued an appeal to her fans to support Cici in February.

The 34-year-old reality star wrote on her blog: "My cousin Cici recently found out that after 17 years of battling cancer, her body has stopped responding to the chemotherapy and she desperately needs a bone marrow stem cell transplant.

"Because Cici is of Armenian descent she needs to receive bone marrow from an Armenian donor, which means the pool of options is a lot smaller and she's having a difficult time finding a match. 

"We are asking that any of you who are Armenian, have Armenian friends or extended family members consider signing up as a donor at the bone marrow registry, in hopes that we can find a match for Cici and give our beloved cousin many more years to live."

Kourtney explained that the procedure to donate marrow is quick and nonsurgical and is similar to giving blood.

She said: "Because Cici is 100% Armenian the need for an Armenian donor is the most important. "