Dad’s memory spurs campaign
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.
Lara Fresson is urging Australians to get on the Australian bone marrow registry.