Manchester Student Needs Life Saving Donor

20 year old Martin Solomon from Sale is battling stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and needs a life aving transplant.


Despite a worldwide search, no match can be found for Martin.

He was successfully treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2007 and spent 4 years cancer free, but found out he had relapsed in August this year.

Martin was about to enter the 3rd year of his Biomedical Science degree at Newcastle University before he received the news.

Doctors have now told him that a bone marrow transplant is his only chance of survival, but there is a big shortage of mixed race, Black and Asian donors.

Martin's heritage is mixed Jamaican and Irish and Martin is much more likely to find a match with someone who is of a similar background.

His family are now urging people aged 16-30, espeically those who are mixed race, to join the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register and become potential lifesavers.

The chance of finding a match if you are mixed race like Martin is just 40%, compared to 90% for white northern European patients.

There is an event to find donors at Manchester University today, at the Squirrel Bar between 3pm and 7pm at the Owen's Park Campus on Moseley Road.

Hear from Martin's mum and sister here

MATCH 4 MARTIN - A family's plea for a life saving bone marrow donor.

Follow Martin's campaign on twitter #Match4Martin