Wife’s Plea To Save Husband
A mum from Jersey is pleading for help to save her husband’s life.
Tony Ferreira has Sezary syndrome, a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer.
He needs a transplant from someone with the same tissue type.
None of his four siblings or other relatives are a match.
His family is urgently appealing for people to come forward and join the Anthony Nolan donor register.
The charity has a lack of people of Portuguese descent signed up.
Wife Osvalda met childhood sweetheart Tony, who is a popular local gardener, when she was 14 and married at 16. She says it’s been a difficult time:
“My daughter Ana recently asked me the hardest question I have had to answer. She asked me ‘will dad die?’ I had to tell her that I didn’t know but we have to keep up hope, and pray for the best. That’s a really hard conversation to have.”
I want to believe that there is (a match). The reason I wanted to do this appeal is believing that there is someone out there and to open people’s minds to becoming stem cell donors. You can be someone’s hero.
“I have known Tony most of my life. Life for us is each other – we’ve been together longer than half of our lives, and we want to grow old together.”
Anthony Nolan is holding #MatchForTony events at St Thomas’ Church on 21st and 22nd of July to get more 16 and 30 on the donor register.
Karen Archer, from the charity, says “Tony has been told the best chance of survival is to have a stem cell transplant and his family are sharing his story to raise awareness of how simple it is to give hope to a stranger in need.
You could be the perfect match for someone, like Tony. If you’re aged 16-30 and are in general good health you could save someone’s life, simply by completing a form and swabbing your cheek; all in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.”
For more details on joining the donor register head to https://www.anthonynolan.org/