7 October 2015
Two years ago in October 2013, 14-month-old Margot Martini was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of blood cancer, and required a stem cell transplant to survive. Family and friends came together as Team Margot to raise awareness of Margot’s plight and others desperately seeking a blood stem cell donor match. Margot’s mixed family background was the key obstacle to finding her a perfect match because HLA characteristics are genetic; differ by ethinicity and by region. She eventually found a suitable donor match and received her bone marrow transplant in February 2014. Unfortunately, Margot’s Leukaemia was extremely aggressive. She relapsed during the summer and passed away, on October 27th, 2014.
Margot’s family are grateful to her selfless donor for his miraculous gift, which gave Margot extra time with her family and loved ones. Therefore Team Margot continues to honour Margot’s legacy as a permanent Foundation. They campaign for more potential bone marrow / stem cell donors to join the register – especially people with a mixed genealogy. The announcement of an International Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day comes on the second anniversary of toddler Margot Martini being diagnosed with blood cancer. Please follow the appeal and register as a stem cell donor to give more patients a second chance at life.