“Donna Igoe, an Early Year’s teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, was left heartbroken after her 12-year-old son Paddy was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia – a disease which weakens patients by drastically lowering their blood cell count. But staff at Sacred Heart, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, are rallying round Donna and her family by offering to be tested by charity DKMS to see if they are eligible for a bone marrow transplant to help treat Paddy. The hospital’s databases also couldn’t find a suitable donor for Paddy on the register, which left the family devastated…….But Donna’s colleagues at Sacred Heart, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, were determined to help her.
Paul Madia, Principal at Sacred Heart, invited DKMS, which helps find stem cell and bone marrow donors around the world, to come to the school on Friday, 3rd May 3:30pm – 8:00pm and test as many people as possible to see if they are a match for Paddy. The testing, which involves a simple swab on the inside of the cheek, is open to the public, and Donna encouraged as many people as possible from the wider community to attend.”
I really appreciate you sharing this far and wide. We HAVE to find a donor and we need as many people to attend from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Please keep Donna and her family in your thoughts and prayers.