Liverpool Women's will be the first hospital to host a 'Donor Drive' in an attempt to find Litherland seven-year-old Finn McEwen a bone marrow match.
The youngster has bone marrow failure caused by a rare condition called Myelodysplastic syndrome, which he was diagnosed with earlier this year. The diagnosis cannot be treated by chemotherapy and a transplant is his only hope for a full recovery.
Dianne Brown, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Liverpool Women's, said: "The Donor Drive will be taking place at the hospital on Friday 8th May 11am-4pm. Finn’s family and staff from the hospital will be volunteering to take swabs in the hope that we can find Finn a match. We’d like to invite any of our families or visitors, as well as anyone who lives or works near to the hospital, to take part and join the bone marrow registry to see if they are a match for Finn, or another child like him."
The process will take 10-15 minutes and requires two swabs to be taken from the inside of a person’s cheeks. If successful, the donor match could simply then need to donate some blood and they will have saved a life. Further details on what being a donor entails can be viewed here.
The 'Delete Blood Cancer' charity, who will be facilitating this appeal, say they have seen a huge surge in donations since the Save Finn McEwen campaign started.