“It would mean saving his life, and it would mean saving ours.”
A Metro Vancouver mother is urging people from mixed-ethnic backgrounds to come forward, in a bid to find a bone marrow donor for her 6-year-old son.
“It would mean the world to all of us, especially Joshua.”
Lia Weekes’ son Joshua was diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia just a few weeks ago – and he’s already fighting for his life.
Mixed ethnicity makes it tricky to find a match
It’s a situation that could be helped if a donor could be found.
But Weekes says it’s tough.
“Both my husband and I are of mixed ethnicity, and that will make it much more tricky to find an appropriate match for Joshua.”
She’s urging people of mixed-race backgrounds, in particular Filipino, English, Icelandic or Carribean to register with Canadian Blood Services – in order to give her little boy a chance.
For more information on the OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network, visit Canadian Blood Services here.