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A record-breaking 4,855 people waited for hours in the rain to get tested to see if they were a match to help save a 5-year-old boy fighting a rare cancer. The potential donors volunteered to help brave Oscar Saxelby-Lee following a desperate plea from his parents.

The youngster is in a race against time to find a life-saving stem cell donor after he was diagnosed. Doctors say he now has just three months to find a stem-cell match that could save his life.

His parents became concerned when severe bruising turned out to be T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). They aimed to get as many people as possible to sign up to a blood stem cell donor registry as part of a campaign called “Hand in Hand for Oscar.”

Over 4,800 donors lined up to get tested after Pitmaston Primary School in the United Kingdom opened their doors for a donor search over the weekend. Volunteers sat at tables and chairs in two of the school’s halls over the weekend, handing out swabs and completing donor registration forms.

Source: New York Post

https://nypost.com/2019/03/04/thousands-line-up-in-rain-for-stem-cell-test-to-help-child-with-cancer/

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