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Southport schoolboy Sam campaigns for donors

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Southport schoolboy Sam campaigns for donors
by Martyn Coleman - Thursday, 23 January 2014, 9:24 AM

Sam from Southport

The family of a Southport schoolboy are continuing their campaign to recruit more bone marrow donors to the register after being told that his condition is deteriorating. Sam Wright, 10, has a rare genetic condition which affects his immune system and makes him highly vulnerable to infections and viruses. Tragically, Sam’s sister Ella died of the same condition four years ago.

Sam’s mum, Sally, has been campaigning to recruit new donors to the Anthony Nolan donor register since she was told that a bone marrow transplant was the only chance of a cure for Sam, eight years ago. Sam’s mum, Sally, says, “Sam’s condition has deteriorated over the last year which means that he will have to have a bone marrow transplant sooner than we expected. However, there is still no one on Anthony Nolan’s donor register who is a perfect match for Sam.”

Anthony Nolan is encouraging everyone aged 16-30 years old to register as a donor. You can register online here.

Joining the register just involves giving a spit sample - information on the registration process is here

If you are a match then the process of donating stem cells is here