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Cancer

12 July 2010

Leukaemia boy celebrates survival

Twelve year old leukaemia survivor, Joshua King is tackling a new adventure sport called Blokart sailing a year after the bone marrow transplant procedure that saved his life.

One year ago, 12-year-old Joshua King was a very sick little boy. He had undergone gruelling chemotherapy and faced a long recovery following a bone marrow transplant. Today, Josh is back at school and once again able to take part in the sports he so loves, thanks to the generosity of a stranger who had registered as a bone marrow donor.

In June 2009, hospitals, doctors and angst filled Josh's days, but this June, it was an apple-cheeked, energetic boy who raced down Cape Town's Melkbosstrand on a Blokart, the land yacht that was introduced to South Africa in 2008.

Left: Josh with Top Billing presenter Michael Moll.
 

Josh's presence was a powerful reminder of the importance of the work done by the Sunflower Fund, the organisation that aims to grow the number of donors on the South African Bone Marrow Registry.

Burkitt's Lymphoma

 

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