Family’s bid to find Joey a donor at Northampton Balloon Festival

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A thousand ‘spit kits’ are set to be handed out at Billing Aquadrome this weekend as a Northampton family continue their bid to find a matching bone marrow donor for their seriously ill son.

Joey Ziadi was diagnosed in February with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia (DBA), a blood condition that affects only 800 people in the world.

So far a matching bone marrow donor is yet to be found – but a campaign being run by his family and the Anthony Nolan stem cell register has seen a boost in the number of people signing up as a potential donor since Joey’s plight first hit the media.


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