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Bone marrow transplant man's thanks

PUBLISHED: 10:47 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:12 30 June 2010

A MAN whose life was saved thanks to a bone marrow transplant from his sister is organising a charity gig at Burgh Hall to say thank you to those who helped treat him.

A MAN whose life was saved thanks to a bone marrow transplant from his sister is organising a charity gig at Burgh Hall to say thank you to those who helped treat him.

Stuart Marshall, of The Street, Blundeston, was diagnosed with leukaemia in January 2008. He desperately needed a bone marrow transplant to survive and fortunately his sister, Elaine Loydall, of Station Road, Corton, was a match.

She stepped forward to donate her stem cells to her only brother and, after three intensive courses of chemotherapy at the James Paget University Hospital, the life-saving transplant took place at Addenbrooks Hospital, in Cambridge.

Mrs Loydall was 49 at the time and although she was older than the usual age to donate, she didn't hesitate to step forward. The transplant took place in June 2008 and improved Mr Marshall's chances of survival from 20pc to 45pc.

Nearly two years later, Mr Marshall, 49, has re-started his roofing business on a part-time basis.

To say thank you for the care he received from the Sandra Chapman Unit and Ward 17 of the James Paget, he has organised a Mods and Rockers charity party gig together with his friend Paul Bunnywell. The event is at Burgh Hall, in Burgh Castle, next Saturday from 8pm-2am. The bands playing include Glam 69, Stain and Looney Toons. Admission is free but donations will be taken on the door and there will be a raffle.


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