A mum is continuing her desperate search to find a bone marrow transplant for her seriously ill five year old daughter.
Mum-of-two Rachelle Emberton, from Pitstone, teamed up with gym chain Everyone Active to promote the Anthony Nolan charity across St Albans, Watford and Essex.
She has just completed a series of promotional events to inspire people to sign up to the bone marrow register.
Her efforts are to find a match for daughter Emma Whittaker, who suffers from fanconi anemia – a rare genetic disease that in 90 per cent of cases causes bone marrow failure.
Emma was diagnosed with the condition in November last year and in a double blow for the family it was then found that her three year old brother James is also a sufferer. Although a match has been found for little James – and statistics show that he is likely to need it between the ages of seven and 15 – the search is still on for Emma.
Rachelle said: “We are quite desperate to find Emma that match.
“90 per cent of bone marrow donations are done using a method similar to giving blood so there is no going into the hip.
“You have got a one in 1,000 chance of being a match for someone. It is a selfless thing to do and you could save a life.”
On top of work to raise awareness, Rachelle and partner Malcolm Whittaker also deal with getting their children to regular appointments with medical experts, 12-weekly blood tests, ultra sounds and daily rounds of medication.
Rachelle said: “It is really hard but you just have to be mum and get on with it.”
Find out more about signing up as a donor at www.anthonynolan.org