Wasps search for a bone marrow match

Date: 25 Apr 2019

Wasps are joining a search to help a poorly Coventry boy find a bone marrow match.

Paddy Igoe, from Earlsdon, was recently diagnosed with aplastic anaemia – a serious disease which requires regular blood transfusions – and can be treated with a bone marrow transplant from another individual who has the same tissue type.

The 12-year-old has a rare tissue type and no suitable matches are currently registered worldwide, which has sparked a campaign to help find Paddy a match as soon as possible.

Wasps have invited more than 40 volunteers to Ricoh Arena for their Gallagher Premiership clash against Saracens on Saturday 27 April to help sign people up to the UK stem cell registry.

Paddy’s family and friends including his mum, Donna Igoe, an Early Year’s teacher at Coventry’s Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, as well as members from blood cancer charity DKMS, will be in the Wasps Nest Fan Village between 2pm and 4pm, as well as after the game between 6pm and 7pm.

Those able to register must be between 17 and 55 years of age with no health conditions and in general good health.

Registering takes around five minutes, and involves taking three swabs from the mouth.

Lisa Nugent is the Head of Donor Recruitment at DKMS, and has been helping Paddy’s family to find a bone marrow match.

She said: “We’ve had a range of schools and organisations encouraging people to sign up to the register, but attending a Wasps match opens up our search for a match to thousands of new people, so we’re really grateful to the Club for inviting us in to do this.

“We find that doing these events are really worthwhile – we held a similar event in Worcester recently which attracted more than 5,000 new names on to the UK stem cell registry – and hopefully we can attract a similar number at the Ricoh.

“Paddy’s family are going through a torrid time at the moment, but they’ve been incredibly brave in sharing their story to try and help their son find a match.”

Verity Brown, Community and Matchday Marketing Manager at Wasps, invited DKMS and Paddy’s family and friends to the game.

She added: “When we heard of Paddy’s situation we were desperate to help him to find a bone marrow match.

“What Paddy and his family must be going through is unimaginable, and I’d urge all supporters to drop by the Fan Village when on the way to their seats to see if they can help this brave little boy.”

Tickets to Wasps v Saracens are still available.