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.

Mum Kaisha Morris, 35, is hoping to gather 1,000 more people on the register at Northampton Balloon Festival, Billing Aquadrome, on Saturday by running a marquee at between 9am and 6pm.

She said: “I have 1,000 testing kits and I aim to get rid of all of them this weekend. You could be doing something amazing. There is no reason why everyone can’t be on the register.”

Joey currently undergoes bi-weekly blood transfusions

Ms Morris said 95 per cent of bone marrow transplants are done via a blood test. “A donor could save his life,” she added.