A stem cell match was found for a five-year-old who fought a rare form of cancer after no fewer than 10,000 donors came forward to check if they were a match.
Oscar Saxelby-Lee, from St. John’s in Worcester, was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) in December last year.
His ruined parents launched a huge call to try and find a stem cell match for their little boy. More than 10,000 people came forward after being struck by Oscar’s story and now a match has been found that dramatically increases his chances of survival
Sharing the happy news on Facebook, Oscar’s mother Olivia wrote that three games have been found.
She wrote: “We have the best news to share! Oscar has a match !!!!
“Absolutely excited to announce that Oscar has finally received a stem cell match, not one but three and will soon be transplanted !!
“What an emotional roller coaster, it has literally been a journey of heart and fear, but … WHAT !!! What a sense of relief and positivity to help Oscar kick the ass of cancer !!
“It has been so traumatic, but we are overjoyed to have the opportunity to tackle the next step in treatment.
“Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to everyone who has registered, supported and continued to spread the word for our beautiful boy and those in need of wonderful bone marrow cells.
“We could never have done this without you !!”
A record-breaking 4,855 people stood in line for hours in the rising rain after Oscar’s school teacher, Sarah Keating, had an open day at Pitmaston Primary School in Worcester.
DKMS, the charity organization that tests mops, said it is the highest number of people participating in a registration event and thus destroying the old record of 2,200.
In total, a number of events saw more than 10,000 volunteers to be tested.
The people of Oscar had more good news last week when they were told by doctors that chemotherapy reduced cancer cells.
The five-year-old, nicknamed Beer by his parents, is currently being treated at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
His mother, who lives with his partner and Oscar’s father Jamie Lee, 26, added: “I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am.
“I don’t think news has ever made us so happy in our lives.
“We know that this is the beginning of another difficult journey, but we will defeat this together and bring him home where he belongs, living the life he absolutely deserves.
“Bear we are all behind you, my darling.”