Mum backs appeal for bone marrow donors

A potentially lifesaving donor appeal is being launched in west Norfolk on Monday which one mum hopes will stop others going through the heartache and loss she suffered.

A potentially lifesaving donor appeal is being launched in west Norfolk on Monday which one mum hopes will stop others going through the heartache and loss she suffered.

Janet Short, a personal assistant at RAF Marham, lost her two-year-old son because there was not a suitable match for his bone marrow.

Little Daniel was suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia and doctors had to use his own bone marrow, which had to be harvested and cleaned.

She says she would not want anyone to go through the agony she went through watching her son die when there may have been a chance for him, however small, if a donor had been found. He would have been 21 this year.

Now Mrs Short is helping to launch a donor appeal for the Anthony Nolan Trust's volunteer bone marrow register.

It hopes to encourage people based at RAF Marham and living within the local area to sign up.

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She said: "It would have been Daniel's 21st birthday this year. It is very important to me to do something - the more people we can get on the register the more chances there are of finding matches.

"We are hoping we will able to

roll the scheme out to other bases. Station Commander Group Capt Phil

Osborne has been very helpful here."

To be able to sign up to the register, donors have to be aged 18-40, be in good health, weigh more than 8st (51kg), not be severely overweight and be willing to donate to any patient they may ever match.

Once people have joined, they remain on the register until their 60th birthday.

The session will be on Monday at the Sandringham Centre, just outside the base, from 11am-3pm.

Refreshments will be available and a stall will be selling Christmas cards and gifts.

The Anthony Nolan Trust charity is dedicated to saving the lives of

people suffering from disorders such as leukaemia and runs the UK's largest bone marrow register.

It is responsible for finding matches for all UK patients in need of bone marrow transplants.

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