DURHAM COUNTY FA ARE PROUD TO BE SUPPORITNG LELAND IN HIS FIGHT TO FIND A BONE MARROW DONOR.
Durham County FA are in full support of Leland and his family during a very difficult time. All connected with Durham County FA send best wishes and support during Leland's search to find a Bone Marrow donor.
Last week we got in touch with Sarah Haigh a parent of Leland's to offer our support to Leland and family but also to spread the word in the hunt for a successful donor match, the County is also looking to help raise awareness to the Anthony Nolan charity in full support of Leland and anybody else suffering from this illness.
We spoke with Sarah and she provided a back story which we'd love to share:
9 months ago our world changed forever. Leland was a happy little 5 year old enjoying seeing Santa and spending Christmas with the family.
He developed a cough that didn't seem to want to go away.
A visit to our local GP where they decided to take blood, quickly found that Leland's white blood cells did not seem as they should be.
Over the next few months of visits to Sunderland's haematology department and numerous blood tests for this little man the doctors decided to refer him to the RVI. There Leland was to undergo a Bone marrow biopsy to determine the cause.
On Thursday 8th September the devastating news that Leland was diagnosed with MDS/pre leukemia and is in urgent need of a Bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately none of the family are a match and as a mum I am heartbroken to not be able to give this gift to my wonderfully brave boy.
Please if I can ask if you can spare 2 minutes of your time taking a swab to see if there is a potential match. I would be entirely grateful.
So far a huge amount of support has been sent across to Leland and the rest of the family and it has been very touching to see so many people join the Facebook group posting photos of testing kits being posted in the hope that a matching donor can be found. To join the Facebook group please click here and then click join, to order a test kit please see the below links to register and get tested today.
Over 30's to 55
What is the Anthony Nolan Charity?
The Anthony Dolan Charity was setup in 1974 by Shirley Nolan, Anthony's legacy has given hope and a second chance of life to thousands of blood cancer and blood disorder patients.
Today the register has over 720,000 potential donors on it. One of the charity's main aims is to recruit more male donors, as they are the most likely to be chosen by doctors to donate, and are selected for 54% of donations.
A student organisation operating in universities throughout the UK known as 'Marrow' works with Anthony Nolan to recruit potential donors to the register and raise awareness of the charity and blood cancers within universities and their local communities. It was set up in 1998 at the University of Nottingham and now operates in more than 50 universities in the UK and worldwide.
Anthony Nolan is a UK charity that works in the areas of leukaemia and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation It manages and recruits donors to the Anthony Nolan Register, which is part of an aligned registry that also includes the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry, NHS Blood and Transplant's British Bone Marrow Registry and Deutsche KnochenMarkSpenderdate() UK.
For more information regarding the Anthony Nolan Charity please click the following link to find our a little bit of history about a very impressive charity that has saves lives of thousands of people all over the world! Our history | Anthony Nolan.