Terminally ill man's mission to Downing Street

A TERMINALLY ill journalist from Sheffield who took his bone marrow campaign to Downing Street today said his meeting with the Prime Minister had gone well.

Adrian Sudbury, who has been told he may have just weeks to live, met Gordon Brown to press his case for information on donating bone marrow to be made part of the national curriculum.

The 26-year-old from High Green, has been battling leukaemia for 18 months and chronicling his progress in his award-winning Baldy's Blog.

But despite intensive treatment at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital a test showed the disease has returned and he may have weeks to live.

Adrian said: "Gordon Brown had read the blog and he thought it was very good. The feeling I had from the meeting was very positive."

"He listened to what I had to say about the need to educate young adults about bone marrow donation. This is a very significant problem that has a very straight forward solution."

He added: "The big problem in our country with bone marrow donation is it's very poorly understood. It's believed to be a horrific procedure. But the reality is very different."

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner journalist spent 15 minutes with Gordon Brown.

He had already met Health Secretary Alan Johnson and Schools Secretary Ed Balls to discuss the issue and said they were "very receptive" to his campaign.

He wants to leave a lasting legacy for others by encouraging more people to become potential life savers by signing up to the bone marrow and organ donor registers.


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