Not sure if anyone actually reads this poor neglected blog any more, but if so, please help……
This is a photo of a friend of mine, Jo Isaac Jones, with her family. Shortly after this photo was taken, the lives of Jo and her family changed suddenly and completely.
Her husband, Steve Jones, is 44. A few months ago he developed a sore throat which didn’t respond to the usual remedies. When he visited his GP, he immediately ran some tests. Twenty four hours later, Steve was in hospital, diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia (AML).
Steve has had three gruelling rounds of intensive chemotherapy, and has spent many weeks in isolation. He has now been told that for long term survival he needs a bone marrow transplant.
But Steve is of mixed race: part Sri Lankan and part white (British) and has no siblings. This means that it will be a world-wide search to find a donor for him. Jo and Steve are urgently appealing to people of mixed race, Asian/white, to go onto the bone marrow register.
Steve is a kind man, a wonderful husband and fantastic father of two beautiful children, Amelia, 11, and Sammy, 7. His family love him so much and desperately hope to find a match for him so that he can live to see his children grow up.
If you are of mixed race, please consider putting yourself on the bone marrow register and contact the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. Many of you reading this will not fit into that profile – but the world has become a small place with the internet – please, please put this appeal on your blogs, on facebook, on twitter, and email it to your address books. Someone out there WILL be a match. Please help us find that person. Help Steve and others like him to get the life saving treatment they need.
If you are white, and would like to register as a bone marrow donor, please contact The British Bone Marrow Registry or the Anthony Nolan Trust rather than ACLT, who can only process enquiries from people of mixed race.
If you would like to help ACLT to fund its on-going search for donors, please text ACLT to 84424 to make a £3 donation. For less than the price of a scented candle, a bunch of flowers, or a box of chocolates, you can make a difference. But most importantly, if you can do nothing else, please pass this appeal on. You could be the person who makes a difference.
Please don’t wait. Please take action now. Help save a life.