Can you be Marley's miracle?


BID members will remember Marley Nicholls, the six-year-old from Newport who is the subject of a worldwide search for a bone marrow transplant, helping to switch on the city's Christmas lights last November.

In July last year, Marley was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and doctors have said his best chance of survival is to have a blood stem cell transplant.

A search of the global register has returned no matches for Marley and his family has been campaigning to find #MarrowforMarley in the hope of finding him a matching blood stem cell donor.

Sadly, four out of 10 blood cancer patients in the UK will not find an unrelated matching blood stem cell donor.

The first step to register as a potential donor is simple, straightforward and takes minutes – a swab of the inside of your cheeks with your details to be added to the registry. You will then be on standby as a potential lifesaver.

This Saturday,  Newport's daily newspaper the South Wales Argus is holding a special swab session at the Newport Centre. The event takes place in the Riverside Suite from 10am to 4pm.

As well as encouraging BID members to spare a few minutes to have a swab, the Argus has also produced a special poster that you cn display in your shop fronts.

You can download a poster for the event to display in your premises by clicking here

Let's hope that someone who attends on Saturday becomes Marley's miracle.