Big re­sponse to search for life-sav­ing donor

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

A MANCH­ESTER med­i­cal stu­dent who is spear­head­ing a life-sav­ing search for a bone mar­row match for her fa­ther has signed more than 250 peo­ple to a donor reg­is­ter in three weeks.

Naomi Tom­lin­son, 23, from Chea­dle, said a drive to iden­tify a suit­able trans­plant donor at Manch­ester Mac­cabi in Prest­wich on Sun­day was at­tended by 100 peo­ple. Through the An­thony Nolan Trust, she and her mother Sharon are hop­ing to find a ge­netic match for Alan Tom­lin­son, 55, who is fight­ing a rare form of lym­phoma.

Lo­cal Jewish sport­ing and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions have also be­come in­volved and fur­ther donor drives are planned in Lon­don and Manch­ester.

“Be­cause the best matches can be found through peo­ple un­der 40, we are hop­ing to have an ar­range­ment with Mac­cabi’s Lon­don foot­ball league,” Ms Tom­lin­son ex­plained.

“In Sal­ford we have made con­tact with a rabbi to help us search for donors in yeshivot and in the strictly Ortho­dox com­mu­nity.” An ap­peal launched through the Just Giv­ing web­site has raised £3,500 to pay for saliva sam­ples taken in the search for a match, which cost £100 each to test.

Sharon Tom­lin­son said her hus­band was to be­gin a third round of chemo­ther­apy at Manch­ester’s Christie cancer hos­pi­tal.

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