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Family Near Whitby Still Looking For Stem Cell Match For Son

Family Near Whitby Still Looking For Stem Cell Match For Son

Published by Karen Liu at 6:02am 9th September 2019.

A family near Whitby is still looking for a stem cell match for their son who has a blood cancer.

June and Mike McCleave, from Sleights, are hoping to find one for their son Peter, who has Myeloma.

The cancer destroys all the good cells in his blood and attacks the bones as it moves around the body.

His mum, June, says he has been having treatment:

"He went for an operation where he had cement and rods put into his spine; he had his own stem cell transplant and that has worked alongside the chemotherapy that he's on.

He has the energy to actually do something constructive, to be proactive in signing people up on the donor register."

They are making people on the Yorkshire Coast aware of DKMS, a blood cancer charity, who can provide a cheek swab test.

Mike says it is easy to do:

"It is three little swab sticks; you do a swab on one side of the mouth, then another stick on the other side and then one all over.

I think it's about a minute each, let them dry, pop them into the pre-paid envelope and that's it.

And if you do become a match, you'll be invited down to London where the laboratory will take a sample of blood."

June and Mike has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

Peter has been taking part in the Crumball Rally Italian Job route.

He and others from 'Team 10,000 donors' went from Reims in Northern France to Nice via the Alps, Turnin and Monaco.

The team then took the cars up to Germany, where DKMS were founded, to continue the campaign of finding more stem cell donors.

You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/drivetosurvive

Get your cheek swab test here: https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now

There is also a Facebook page for Peter here: https://www.facebook.com/savepete/

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