Aidan, Dominic and Elliott help mum Joan Plant from Bourne to fight cancer
Three sons are fundraising to help fight bone marrow disorders to help their mum who is battling cancer.
Last July, Joan Plant of Bourne was diagnosed with low platelet levels in her blood, which can signify cancer.
Over the next few months, the former corporate secretary underwent various bone marrow biopsies. After her condition deteriorated significantly before Christmas, she was diagnosed with severe bone marrow failure and referred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for bone marrow treatment.
During the process of screening for a donor, Addenbrooke’s found Joan, who is in her early 50s, had another rare blood disorder and was referred to Leeds Cancer Centre, where she is currently receiving treatment.
Further tests confirmed she had Severe Plastic Anaemia - a rare and serious blood disorder caused by the bone marrow not functioning. Joan was then put on a drug trial which may put her into remission and avoid the need for a bone marrow transplant.
Aidan, 17, says his family decided to do focus on something positive and help raise money for the charity Antony Nolan, which helps people with blood cancers and blood disorders.
The charity has a register of people who are willing to donate their bone marrow to those in need and everyday they are matching people to a potential donor and saving countless lives.
Aidan continued: “So far we have done some fundraising between family, friends and members of the wider community and we have raised around £1,200. We have also worked hard to raise awareness about how easy it is to join the register- it is a simple cheek swab and most people will donate bone marrow via a process similar to giving blood.”
His brother Dominic, who is studying biochemistry at Birmingham University, has also been involved in various events to encourage people to join the register.
Last week, Bourne Grammar staged an assembly for each year group where Aidan and his younger brother Elliott, 14, outlined the condition and how it affects people’s lives.
Aidan said: “This is being done to raise awareness for blood disorders , the support available for them and to encourage people aged 16 to 30 to join the register.”
A non-uniform day last Friday was also set to raise a further £1,200 to £1,300.
The two brothers have also had their heads shaved in a bid to further raise awareness and raise more money for Antony Nolan.
Aidan works part-time at the Waterside Garden Centre in Baston and says they have been very supportive of the family’s fundraising efforts.
On the page, Mrs Plant recounts how she was diagnosed with the disorder and later cancer. She is pictured with her three boys.
She said: “It was taken in August 2018 and I had blood cancer but I didn’t know it. It’s scary isn’t it? I didn’t look ill at all.
“Until July 2018 I was a fit and healthy mum of three boys. I was feeling unusually tired and so contacted my GP who arranged a routine blood test for the next day.”
After outlining her treatment to date, Joan says she is keen for people to be checked out if they suffer symptoms including fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, shortage of breath and frequent infections.
She is keen for people to learn about the symptoms and help fundraise for Antony Nolan.
Joan added: “You will be giving hope to someone like me who wants life to go back to normal and, as in my case, to have the opportunity to see their children grow up.”
Details on the charity can be found at www.anthonynolan.org/how-we-help