A brave cancer sufferer from Sheffield who spent his final months calling for more people to register to donate bone marrow has died aged 49.
Paul Hague, from Greenhill, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, but doctors were unable to find a suitable bone marrow donor to help him.
Paul’s family launched a Facebook campaign which has attracted the support of more than 1,000 people, as well as making an appeal in The Star last month.
A night of fundraising at Sheffield club Bar 27 also collected over £2,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which runs a bone marrow donor register for young people.
Paul’s widow Natalie, 45, said: “Paul has left a legacy, because hundreds of young people have registered on the Anthony Nolan Trust register and other people over 30 have been in touch with the blood donor services.”
Paul, who ran his own gardening business, noticed the first sign of his illness when his energy levels started to flag. He later underwent blood tests which confirmed his cancer last year.
His illness meant his body did not create enough healthy stem cells, which are found in bone marrow and produce blood cells.
He died on Friday, July 12, leaving two sons from a previous relationship, Paul, 31, and Danny, 28, and two sons with Natalie - Mickey, 25, and Alex, 22.
Alex said: “Knowing things could have been different if my dad had a match for bone marrow is heartbreaking. If that doesn’t emphasise the importance that more donors are needed, then I don’t know what does. I’ve lost my dad, but also my best friend.”
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Friday at 2.30pm. Visit www.anthonynolan.org or www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow for more information.
Log on to www.facebook.com/groups/savealife.give/ for the family’s campaign group.