Young Margot Martini may have hopefully found the bone marrow donor who will save her life – but a donor campaign to help thousands like her is continuing to gather pace.
Sixteen-month-old Margot is suffering from an extremely rare form of leukaemia but, following a major appeal for a blood stem cell donation, a match has been found and she will shortly undergo the transplant.
Margot lives with Mum and Dad – Vicki and Yaser – and brothers Oscar and Rufus in Roehampton, but has spent much of the recent months in Great Ormond Street Hospital and is current undergoing another round of chemotherapy ahead of the transplant.
Vicki grew up in Essington while Margot’s Auntie, Charlotte, lives in Wolverhampton, and Steve, Wolves’ Vice-President and record goalscorer, has been getting involved in helping push the campaign.
Bully was recently joined by current players Danny Batth, David Davis and Michael Jacobs to help promote the appeal, and organisers have confirmed it will continue to try and help thousands of others also desperately in need of finding suitable donors.
There remains 1,600 people in the UK waiting to find a match and 37,000 people worldwide.
The latest in a series of donor days to try and find potential matches takes place at the Mount Hotel in Wolverhampton this coming Sunday, February 23, between 10am and 4pm.
No appointment is necessary, and any healthy adult living in the UK between the ages of 18 and 55 can become a potential blood stem cell donor and the registration process is simple.
Just a swab of the inside of the cheek can determine a person’s tissue characteristics and the potential as to whether they could be a lifesaver.
A raffle with a host of excellent prizes will also take place on Sunday for all those attending the day.
For more details visit www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk or www.twitter.com/swab4margot