Dad’s mem­ory spurs cam­paign

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AF­TER los­ing her dad to a rare form of leukaemia, Lara Fres­son wants peo­ple now more than ever to get on the Aus­tralian bone mar­row reg­istry.

Last year, Ms Fres­son started her cam­paign with an ar­ti­cle in the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly af­ter her dad Stephen was di­ag­nosed.

Sadly, Mr Fres­son died in Novem­ber, un­able to find a stem cell donor in time.

“He was eat­ing healthy, out walk­ing and do­ing ev­ery­thing he could so that he would have the best chance of sur­vival,” she said.

“If he’d had the stem cells and didn’t get through af­ter that, I would have felt a bit bet­ter, but he didn’t even get that chance.

“I re­ally just want peo­ple to ei­ther join the stem cell donor list (Aus­tralian bone mar­row reg­istry) or I want them to give blood be­cause dad was lit­er­ally hav­ing three bags of blood a day in his last cou­ple of weeks.”

In Australia, eight peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with leukaemia or a sim­i­lar blood-re­lated ill­ness ev­ery day.

The Mercedes Col­lege sports teacher en­cour­aged peo­ple to sign up to give those like her dad a bet­ter chance.

“I’ve jumped on the stem cell list now and I hope one day I get called up so I can do it for some­one, be­cause that to me would mean the world,” Ms Fres­son said.

She and her part­ner will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Ride to Con­quer Can­cer in Oc­to­ber.

To raise funds for the event, she will be hold­ing a party at the Cam­bridge Bowl­ing Club on March 21.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate visit http://pr15.con­quer­cancer.org.au/site/TR/ Events/Perth2015?team_id=15506&pg=team &fr_id=1200.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d433246

Lara Fres­son is urg­ing Aus­tralians to get on the Aus­tralian bone mar­row reg­istry.

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