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the situation

Our lovely Graham was diagnosed in April 2007 with a deadly type of leukaemia that affects less than 6 adults a year in Australia and his only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant.

Unfortunately, as Graham is adopted, he doesn't have an HLA-identical sibling to act as a donor for him. So the Red Cross here in Australia searched the Bone Marrow Registries worldwide for 9 months to find a match.

Graham has a rare tissue type and a match was not found.

Thanks to generous donations of over $400,000, Graham was able to travel from his home in Melbourne, Australia to Seattle in the USA for a revolutionary, life-saving stem cell treatment in April 2008.

On Wed 6th August, he was the 8th person in the world to receive a Stem Cell Transplant using stem cells grown in the lab from an umbilical cord.

The treatment was a complete success and he arrived back in Melbourne in Oct 2008 leukaemia free.

Sadly, Graham passed away on the 2nd July. He was still leukaemia free but succumbed to a fungal infection in his lungs.

You can still help.

Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with a Blood Cancer that requires them to have a bone marrow transplant. Please think about becoming a donor. You may be the one to save someone's life. If Graham had had a donor, he wouldn't have had to travel to the USA for his treatment.

what you can do

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Love and thanks,

Samantha, Jack & Poppy

© 2007-2008 a donor for graham ABN: 19 414 779 251
our aim is to raise the awareness of leukaemia and to encourage as many people as possible to register as a bone marrow donor, potentially saving the lives of thousands of people around the world