Journalist's 'dying wish' to find more bone marrow donors

A journalist who revealed on his blog that he had only weeks or months to live is calling for more people to donate bone marrow.

Adrian Sudbury, a digital journalist at the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, has been chronicling his treatment for two rare forms of cancer since late 2006.

Last week he revealed on Baldy’s Blog that leukaemia cells had been found in the bone marrow that he received in a transplant last year.

He explained that he had decided not to seek further intensive treatment for the disease, meaning that he may now have only weeks or months to live.

Sudbury has committed to using his last weeks to highlight the shortage of bone marrow donors.

‘I’m 26 years old and will be dead in a matter of months,’he writes in a first-person piece that Trinity Mirror is making available to its newspaper editors.

‘I will die from the leukaemia I have been battling for nearly a year and a half.

‘There is only one thing left for me to try and achieve. My dying wish is that everyone reading this will think again about bone marrow donation.”

Sudbury has been shortlisted in the multimedia journalist of the year category of the Press Gazette 2008 Regional Press Awards.

The Examiner reported this week that Sudbury was to meet health minister Alan Johnston and might also meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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