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Tests taken to find new donors to save Rob
8:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
TESTS to save the life of a young Colchester man will be carried out in Castle Park today.
Rob George, 21, of Mile End, has been fighting leukaemia since 2011.
He needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life.
Rob’s family have called for as many people as possible to take a test to see if they are a transplant match.
It comes after no match was found on the global transplant list, which has 20 million people registered.
Rob has a protein in his blood which makes it difficult to find a match.
His family have organised an event with the Anthony Nolan Trust, which matches patients and donors, at the Colchester and East Essex Cricket Club Pavilion to register new donors.
They hope not only to help Rob but many others around the world in need of bone marrow transplants.
It runs from 4.30pm to 8pm today.
To register you will be asked to fill in a form and spit into a test tube.
Only people aged 16-30 can be registered by the Anthony Nolan Trust as they offer patients the best chance of life.
Anyone between the ages of 31 and 49 can still register elsewhere but will have to do it when giving blood.
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