Finley Morris in Hospital.
COULD you provide the last-chance cure an Island boy so desperately needs?
Family and friends of six-year-old Finley Morris, who has been fighting leukaemia since April, have launched an urgent appeal for a bone marrow donor match to save his life.
As Finley undergoes intense chemotherapy in preparation for a transplant, his family and friends are organising a fundraising event at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on October 6 to conduct a swab test on potential donors.
As previously reported, time is running out for Finley, of Binstead, who is part-way through a 12-week course of chemotherapy after a bone marrow biopsy last month revealed the initial treatment had not worked as well as hoped and he needed a transplant.
The family is being supported by Delete Blood Cancer UK, which has supplied testing kits for the event.
The Fight for Finley team said: "It is basically a mouth swab, which is then sealed in a bag with the donor’s details. The charity will then collect and process them. It takes around 21 days to see if there is a match.
"We have very limited time to find a match, less than ten weeks. If people can’t make the event, it is possible to contact the charity direct and request their own kit."
Finley’s parents, Jason and Carole, have been overwhelmed by the response so far, with more than 1,000 people pledging to take the test.
The event, taking place between 11am and 5pm, will also raise funds for Delete Blood Cancer UK, which is providing the swab tests — which cost £40 each to produce and process — free of charge.
A huge raffle, entertainment, stalls and face painting are planned.
For more information, visit www.deletebloodcancer.org or 'Fight for Finley’ on Facebook.