Laura Weeks, a resident of Perth, is making an appeal to the town’s residents. It’s a plea for help that could save the life of a 5-month-old baby.
She’s not asking for solicitations or money. Instead, she’s asking for something more important. She’s appealing for volunteers and donors to visit the stem and marrow cell donor clinic that’s open today from 1 in the afternoon to 7 in the evening. This is happening together with a blood donor clinic that will be held at the Perth Civitan Club.
Weeks hopes that the donor drive will help find stem and marrow cell donors that might be a match for Nathaniel Lupton, her nephew who’s in the fight of his life. Little Nathaniel suffers from Wiskott – Aldrich syndrome, a rare disorder that affects the blood platelet count and greatly weakens the immune system. He’s spent most of his young life in the hospital and has been receiving weekly blood transfusions, as well as enduring numerous blood tests and other painful exams.
The only cure to his disease is a bone marrow transplant. If he doesn’t get one, doctors expect Nathaniel to live less than a year.
The good news is that some Perth residents have volunteered to help set the clinic up and encourage others to participate and be tested. Weeks hopes that with the help of the community, they can find a suitable match for Nathaniel.