#MarrowForMarley to survive aplastic anaemia

17 September 2018

Marley, from Newport, loves being outside and gardening. His mum, Shaney, describes him as a “social butterfly”. In July 2018, Marley was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and doctors have said his best chance of survival is to have a blood stem cell transplant. A search of the global register has returned no matches for Marley. Now, his family is campaigning to find #MarrowforMarley in the hope of finding him a matching blood stem cell donor. You could be the only person in the world who’s a match for Marley or someone like him. Join the stem cell registry today and go on standby to save a life.

His mum, Shaney, says: “Marley is only six years old, and has been diagnosed with aplastic anaemia after weeks of tests, due to feeling unwell and having a high temperature. You could be the person who saves my son’s life. All you have to do is sign up as a potential blood stem cell donor. 

She adds “Not only is he my best friend, he is my son. He is a loving cousin, a kind friend, a caring nephew, the world’s best big brother and an even better grandson. [he] has taken his diagnosis all in his stride like thousands of other children in his position. 

We are so proud of Marley and all the other amazing children and their families going through these tough times. 

It’s that classic saying - you never think it’s going to happen to you.”

Currently, Marley’s aplastic anaemia requires him to have blood transfusions to get essential red blood cells and platelets to stop bleeding and bruising. He is also set to undergo chemotherapy.  The family were devastated when they discovered Marley’s younger brother George wasn’t a match. George was Marley’s best hope of finding a matching blood stem cell donor. 

To sign up as a potential blood stem cell donor, request your registration swab kit today. You could end up giving Marley or someone like him the most precious gift – the gift of life. 

If you have already registered, there is no need to do it again. But please share this message and encourage your friends and family to register. 

Remember to return your swab kit so we can process your registration and add you to the registry as a potential donor. 

To get involved on social media, follow #MarrowForMarley.