Man diagnosed with rare form of leukemia needs life-saving stem cell match

A 29-year-old man is urging stem cell donors to come forward for a registration drive in a bid to find a stem cell match after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).

Wednesday, 31st May 2017, 4:37 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:39 pm

On April 11, 2017, Marcus O'Connell, 29, of ... was diagnosed with (AML), which is a fast growth of abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow said to impede the usual growth of blood cells.

Bone marrow biopsy results showed that chemotherapy treatment alone would not cure him of cancer and that a stem cell transplant is his only chance of survival.

Friends and family are now urging people aged between 16 and 30 to donate a spit sample at a nearby drive, in hope to secure a life-saving match.

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Marcus’ family are currently being tested to see if they are a successful match, but in the meantime, he is getting the word out on social media and encouraging more people to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register.

The 29-year-old is urging potential donors to visit the Old Northamptonians Rugby Football Club on Wednesday, June 7 between 4pm and 9pm to provide a sample.

A spokesperson for Anthony Nolan said: "Marcus’ match could be anyone.

"But we know that young men are disproportionately chosen to donate, so signing them up is absolutely vital."