Saturday, August 23, 2008

Baldy's gone

Anyone who has been following Baldy's Blog will have expected the sad news that we finally learned on Wednesday - that Adrian Sudbury, campaigner for more education about bone marrow donation - had passed away. Like many other people, I only started following his blog when his campaign got national prominence earlier this year. By that time, it was clear that he did not have much longer to live, but in only a few months he persauded the Government to change things for the better.

If the changes he campaigned for are implemented and more lives are saved, that's a huge legacy in itself. I also think that his blog will provide a huge source of support and education for other Leukaemia suffers and those close to them. It contains practical information about the disease, a series of video diaries of his treatment and some crashingly, heartbreakingly, honest, genuine and often funny accounts of his last 21 months. He wrote very movingly about the pain, isolation and frustration of his condition in a way that other sufferers will be able to relate to.

The Blog is to be made into a book and sold to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust. thus getting to a wider audience.

As a mother myself I can imagine only too well how heartbroken his parents must feel and I'm sure that they will be in everybody's thoughts.

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