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Mother's search for donor widened

28 April 10 10:23 GMT

The mother of a 14-year-old girl from Ulverston, Cumbria, has widened her search for a bone marrow donor to help save her daughter's life.

Alice Pyne was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma two years ago and urgently needs a transplant.

Her mother Vicky has launched a nationwide appeal with the Anthony Nolan Trust.

Testing has taken place in Southampton, and other events have been scheduled in Devon, Preston and Barrow.

Alice is currently undergoing a new, intensive form of chemotherapy and needs a suitable bone marrow match for the treatment to be successful.

Recruitment session

Mrs Pyne said: "We've started calling her 'Amazing Alice'. She is so positive about it and spends half of her time thinking of others.

"In hospital, her focus is on comforting and helping the younger ones rather than what she's going through."

A facebook page has been set up to recruit donors.

Anyone aged between 18 and 40 and in good general health is eligible to register to become a bone marrow donor.

After filling in a medical questionnaire, they will be asked for a sample of saliva. If they are not a match for Alice, they could be a suitable donor for others on the register.

More information on becoming a donor, and the location of Alice's recruitment session, can be found on the Anthony Nolan Trust website.

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