Comedian Al Murray urges GMB viewers to sign up to blood stem cell register

Al Murray today urged Good Morning Britain viewers to sign up to blood stem cell register after doctors diagnosed his nephew Finley with a rare form of leukaemia. 

The comedian, 51, said the six-year-old was suffering from juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, an incredibly rare form of the blood cancer that only 12 British children are diagnosed with each year. 

Explaining that Finley was having to endure a week of chemotheraphy every three weeks and needs to find a donor by Christmas, Murray said: ‘It’s the only cure. We need people to register and we need to find a match. I know there’s someone out there.’

The comedian, 51, said his six-year-old nephew Finley (pictured) was suffering from juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia

The comedian, 51, said his six-year-old nephew Finley (pictured) was suffering from juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia

The comedian, 51, said his six-year-old nephew Finley (pictured) was suffering from juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia

Murray said Finley was a ‘chirpy little lad’ and was undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

He told GMB: ‘I can’t imagine what his mum and dad are going through. I’m this close to it and I still find it kind of incomprehensible.

‘This isn’t just about Finley, either. Even if we don’t find a match for Finley we might find a match for someone, a dozen people, a hundred people.

What is juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia 

Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) is a cancer of the blood

It affects children mostly aged 4 and younger

Between one and two percent of children with leukaemia have JMML

Since about 10% of patients are diagnosed before 3 months of age, it is thought JMML is a congenital condition

The cancer is difficult to treat and is often resistant to chemotherapy

Bone marrow transplantation is currently the best therapy available 

‘This illness, he says I’ve got a bug in my blood that we need to squash, that’s how he sees it. He’s only six and I hope people can help us squash the bug in his blood.’

Finley’s family had found two donors who were a match, but they pulled out of the donation a few weeks ago for unknown reasons. 

Murray said signing up to the register through the charity We Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS) would only take a few minutes and could save Finley’s life. 

He added: ‘I’m eligible and look at me; I’m 51 and I’m a schlub, I’m the opposite of someone who runs marathons and I’m eligible.

‘This couldn’t be easier to do and the change you could make, you could give someone another chance and help beat blood cancer.’  

To register as a blood stem cell donor, visit the DKMS website.    

Murray urged people to sign up as a blood stem cell donor. He is pictured holding up swabs that are used in the simple process

Murray urged people to sign up as a blood stem cell donor. He is pictured holding up swabs that are used in the simple process

Murray urged people to sign up as a blood stem cell donor. He is pictured holding up swabs that are used in the simple process  

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