August 18, 2011
cancer sufferer's relief as donor is found
Burnham-On-Sea cancer sufferer's search for a bone marrow donor
appears to have been successful after a German man was identified
as a 'perfect match'.
last month that Jo Burridge-Clayton had been diagnosed with
a rare chronic myeloid leukaemia which cannot be treated by drugs
and therefore she requires
a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Jo - who is pictured with husband Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton
at Sunday's Civic Service in Burnham - says she is "hugely
relieved" by the development.
She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A 33 year-old German man has
come forward and appears to be a perfect match for my blood type.
He is undergoing various tests and I should have the transplant
"I'm booked in for September 8th for radiotherapy and conditioning
before the transplant itself the following Friday."
She added: "I won't know the identity of the man, however
I have been told that I will be able to send him a thank you message."
Peter and Jo say they have "very touched" by the amount
of people in the Burnham and Highbridge area who have come forward
to offer being donors and help.
Jo added: "There are lots of people on the
waiting lists like me and sadly almost half of them do not get
a matching donor and some die. It's therefore a very surreal time
for me. That's why charities like the Anthony Nolan group, who
help to save the lives of people with blood cancer, put out appeals
for more people to come forward as donors."
"Young men in particular are needed as donors because they
have more bone marrow. Giving bone marrow is not a complicated
procedure - it's just like giving blood."