Latest stem cell search for brave Oscar to take place at University of Worcester - The Worcester Observer

Latest stem cell search for brave Oscar to take place at University of Worcester

Worcester Editorial 13th Mar, 2019 Updated: 14th Mar, 2019   0

PEOPLE are being urged to come forward to help save the life of five-year-old Worcester boy who desperately needs a stem cell transplant to combat the aggressive form of leukaemia he has.

Since the initial appeal for Oscar Saxelby-Lee last month, which captured national and international attention, thousands of people have come forward to see if they can provide a ‘match’.

His family have been told the leukaemia he has is too aggressive to treat with just chemotherapy alone.

The latest stem cell search will take place between 10am and 6pm tomorrow at the University of Worcester where Oscar’s mum Olivia is a student.

Worcester Students’ Union has been working with The Anthony Nolan Trust and Olivia hopes her fellow students can get involved and help increase Oscar’s chances of finding a match.

Potential donors will need to have their cheek swabbed and then sign up to the stem cell register.

A match for Oscar and the procedure could enable him to live a cancer-free life.

Almost 5,000 people gave swabs at Pitmaston School last weekend and Olivia, who studies social work, hopes fellow students and staff will help the cause.

Peter Unwin, Olivia’s tutor, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to show their collective concern for one of their own and we are hoping for a big turnout.”

Students need to register at either the University’s main reception or in The Hangar at the Students’ Union, anytime between 10am and 6pm.

Participants need to be aged between 16 and 30 and should be in good general health.


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