THE LIFE of a young boy could be saved by Stratford residents attending a cheek-swabbing event this weekend.
Heart attack survivor Sally Bee is calling on townsfolk to help seven-year-old Marley Nicholls find a bone marrow match to allow him a life-saving transplant.
The youngster suffers from a rare and life-threatening blood disorder called aplastic anaemia.
To make matters worse he recently suffered a reaction to his medication and the past two weeks have seen his health decline further.
So far over 40,000 people have signed up to the bone marrow donor register as a result of the nationwide campaign, yet still no match has been found including from Marley’s four-year-old brother George.
And Stratford mum and TV chef Sally, who launched the ‘Donor Town Project’ earlier this year, has added her voice to the desperate plea to help save Marley’s life.
She said: “As soon as I heard about the plea for help to save Marley’s life, I jumped at the chance to support it.
“I started the Donor Town Project to help spread the message about organ donation and to pull our fabulous community together to make sure everyone knew how to have the opportunity to become a hero. We talk a lot about heart, lung and liver transplants but bone marrow is just as important in saving another person’s life.
“Little Marley could be me, you, or your child.
“Why wouldn’t you want to take this quick and easy cheek swab test to see if you are the hero that could save a life?
“So my plea to our local community is to come along and take the test, show your kindness in the best way possible. Everyone that takes the test is a hero!”
Those between ages 17 and 55, who want to help Marley, can attend the sessions at Stratford Leisure Centre on Friday (June 7) from 4pm to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
Search Marrow for Marley on Facebook for more details.