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