It always seems impossible until its done
Robbie Eddles – an incredibly special and courageous 17 year old from Durban, has just relapsed for the third time. He was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 5 years old and fought so bravely for so long, then relapsed at 10 and now again at 17. Without a Bone Marrow match he is fast running out of time as his bone marrow is now 90% Leukemic.
It’s been a very long, hard and heartbreaking journey and just as his family and friends thought his battle was over he has relapsed again. Sadly, no match has ever been found despite tireless efforts to try and organize donor drives all over SA. At this stage, they are running out of time and options fast. He is too sick for chemo but it seems that his oncologist who has treated him for the last 12 years has found a trial treatment available for Robbie overseas called CAR- T therapy. Unfortunately this can’t be done without a donor in the wings. The SABMR has only 77 000 people on its registry from a population of 57 million.