A MIDHURST family are campaigning for more donors to the Anthony Nolan register after 16-year-old Sophie Bosley who suffers from a rare form of leukaemia, was told her only chance of a cure was a bone marrow transplant.
They will be appealing for more donors at a recruitment drive on Wednesday, January 22, at Chichester College where 16-30 year olds can register as potential donors.
Members of the public can turn up between 11.30am-2.30pm to join the register.
Sophie was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia – a rare blood cancer – just over two years ago. She is being treated in the paediatric oncology centre at Southampton’s St Mary’s Hospital and has now been referred to the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
Despite her illness inspirational Sophie has continued to work tirelessly in her community and has been awarded the Girl Guides top accolade, the Guiding Star, for her achievements.
Her mother Kirstin, said: “Sophie has always been a highly motivated and positive girl. Despite her diagnosis, she passed all twelve of her GCSEs, while carrying on her hobbies such as Girl Guiding and music. I’m so proud of her. She’s now aspiring to go to Oxford University and one day be a journalist. I think it’s this positive and determined frame of mind which has helped her a lot as she has coped with her illness.
Kirstin and dad Martin have been told Sophie will eventually need a bone marrow transplant.
Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan is currently searching its bone marrow register to see if there is a matching donor for Sophie.
Kirstin added: “Lots of people ask me what they can do to help, and I feel the most important thing is to raise awareness. People who are eligible can join the donor register and even if you can’t, there’s so much you can do by spreading the word and raising funds.”
Anthony Nolan spokesman Ann O’Leary said: “We especially need more young men to register as they are the most likely to be chosen to donate.
“By raising awareness or registering as a donor, you can make a potentially lifesaving difference for people like Sophie.”
People aged 16-30 and in good health can join the bone marrow donor register online at www.anthonynolan.org.