25 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
THIS is the heart-breaking moment little Marley begs the public for help in a bid to find a suitable bone marrow donor and a host of celebrities have weighed in with their support.
The likes of Little Mix, Pink, Heidi Klum, Tyson Fury and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson have all lent their support to the six-year-old boy.
Marley’s family has been overwhelmed by the reaction to their appeal
Little Mix appear in the video showing their support for Marley
The family of little Marley Nicholls have been astounded by the support he has received as he fights to find a donor.
Former heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and girlband Little Mix both sent videos to the boy, while Countdown star Rachel Riley posted a supportive snap to the campaign.
And Welsh footballer Gareth Bale and Hollywood elite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson asked their followers to sign up to the donation register and see if they are a match.
Meanwhile, superstar Pink retweeted a post from the Marrow For Marley account that asked potential donors to get swabbed.
Marley, of Newport, South Wales, was even pictured with Ryan Giggs.
The little boy was diagnosed with a rare blood condition called aplastic anaemia last July.
In effect, his body does not produce enough blood cells required to keep it running.
Although his four-year-old brother George was expected to be an ideal donor, heartbreakingly he was not a match.
More than 40,000 people have signed up to the global donor register through the campaign – but there is still no match for the young boy.
He is now in a race against time to find an appropriate transplant – or else doctors have given him just two years to live.
RACE AGAINST TIME
Most recently, Real Madrid star Bale took to Twitter to endorse the campaign and wrote: “Marley is six-years-old and desperately searching for a stem cell donor.
“If you are between the ages of 16-30 PLEASE sign up to the @AnthonyNolan register using the link below. YOU could be a match! http://anthonynolan.org/join #Marrow4Marley”
And singer Pink retweeted a post from the Marrow for Marley page which read: “We have 3 months to find Marley’s match. PLEASE RT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
“Join the bone marrow register!! Sign up – Save lives! Takes 5 minutes out of your day to do, and could give someone the rest of the I life! #marrowformarley #pleasehelp”
Meanwhile, supermodel Heidi Klum added to heartfelt pleas this month, telling her followers: “I keep seeing this family trying to find a bone marrow match for their son Marley.
“If you’d like to help, here is the link to see if you may be a match for him https://bit.ly/2UpfFxe @MarrowForMarley #MarrowForMarley #M4M.”
Potential donors between the age of 16 and 30 can sign up with the Anthony Nolan Trust.
‘JOIN THE REGISTER’
While those between 17 and 55 can apply for a free swab kit with DKMS – a German marrow donor programme.
Rachel Riley posed up with a donor card on Twitter and said: “We filmed this episode the day I got my @DKMS_uk card back in December!!!
“It just takes a couple of minutes to request a cheek swab kit, they still haven’t found a match for 6 year old @marrowformarley, please sign up for the register if you can. https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now”
Back in October, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson backed the campaign too, writing: “Man I hope this little boy here in the UK finds a bone marrow match. Pullin’ for you Marley! DJ”
And Tyson Fury said in a video to Marley: “Keep fighting champ!”
He also met the Welsh Football team and was pictured with manager Ryan Giggs.
Marley’s latest video has melted hearts across the world as he asks his followers to get swabbed to see if they are a potential match.
The clip has been viewed over a million times just one week after it was posted to an account called MarrowForMarley.
In the clip he says: “Hello everybody, I’m Marley.
‘KEEP FIGHTING CHAMP’
“I’m six years old, I need a BMT – but I need your help.
“Please, please sign up with DKMS.
“Thanks for supporting Marrow for Marley.
“Come and get swabbed everybody – thank you!”
Parents Shaney Truman and Joe Nicholls are now begging for more people to sign up to the register.
They told how Marley first began to feel unwell during a heatwave and kept telling them he was hot.
“I had this nagging feeling that something wasn’t right,” Shaney said.
“I don’t even think there’s a word to describe that feeling of being told my child could die.”
The youngster has been accepted onto a medical trial at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which his doctors hope may buy him more time.
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“We do believe there is someone out there, it’s just a matter of finding them,” Shaney added.
“We are holding on to hope.”
The website can be found here: http://www.marrowformarley.com/
Gareth Bale has also got behind the campaign
Doctors have said Marley only has about two years to live if he doesn’t get a transplant
Marley was diagnosed with a rare blood condition called aplastic anaemia last July
Tyson Fury has also given his support
Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson asked his followers to sign up to the donation register
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