Newcastle Student Needs Life Saving Donor

20 year old Martin Solomon who is a Biomedical Science student at Newcastle University is battling stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and needs a life saving transplant.


Despite a worldwide search, no match can be found.

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

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’re mixed race like Martin is just 40%, compared to 90% for white northern European patients.

There is an event to try and find a match for Martin at the Sports Centre Reception at Newcaslte university today between 10am-4pm

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