Seven-Year-Old Boy Inspires “Potter” Stars to Join Stem Cell Registry

After hearing the story of seven-year-old Finley HillRupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Grint’s actress girlfriend, Georgia Groome, James Phelps (Fred Weasley), and Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) have taken action to raise awareness and register as stem cell donors. Grint, Groome, and James Phelps have registered as donors. Oliver Phelps urged his Twitter followers to register as donors by retweeting a message from Hill’s mother.

 

 

Hill and his parents appeared on This Morning to discuss his condition, an incredibly rare genetic disorder called familial HLH that only affects five people in the world, including Finn. Hill is in desperate need of a stem cell donor, so he and his family are raising awareness and encouraging people to join the donation registry. Only 2% of the population of the United Kingdom and 0.4% of the world population are on the stem cell donation registry.

In addition to joining the registry, Grint and Groome also sent Hill some Harry Potter glasses and a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with the inscription “To Finn the Fabulous, wishing you all the magic in the world.”

 

 

You don’t have to be a wizard or a movie star to save a life by becoming a stem cell donor. To join the registry, people age 18 to 55 and in general good health can take three cheek swabs either by requesting a swab kit or attending a donor drive event. You can find out more information about joining the registry and request a kit via DKMS.

Shelby Dale DeWeese

Shelby Dale DeWeese has been a Harry Potter fan since first picking up the books in 2000 and has been working for MuggleNet as a transcriber, transcript editor, and journalist since 2009. She is a writer and educator, and spends her free time reading, running, taking dance classes, and re-watching The Office.