Connacht stars get behind Irish rower’s Marrowmatch campaign

Connacht stars get behind Irish rower's bid to find a Marrowmatch

Connacht have offered their support for a decorated Irish rower desperate to find a #Marrowmatch in a bid to overcome one of life’s biggest challenges: cancer.

Paul Giblin, 31, is a 17-time Irish Senior champion, a double winner at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta and a medallist at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships.

However, in April 2012, Paul was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is currently undergoing his fourth regime of chemotherapy, having also had an autologous (own) stem-cell transplant and radiotherapy.

His only chance of being cured is if a suitable bone marrow/stem cell donor can be found. This is not an easy task and his medical team is hoping to find a match on the Global Registry, the pool from which all donations are drawn.

Paul’s #Marrowmatch campaign has received support from a host of sporting names on Twitter, including Olympic great Matt Pinsent and Manchester United legend Paul McGrath, and now Connacht have promoted the cause.

Connacht trio Ronan Loughney, Robbie Henshaw and Danie Poolman star in the short clip, urging rugby union supporters to check out www.marrowmatch.eu and giveblood.ie.

Their #marrowmatch campaign is reaching out to family, friends and friends of friends in a bid to significantly increase the numbers signing up to become bone marrow donors and to give people in Paul’s situation a fighting chance.

However, this is a gift that will keep on giving and which some day you or a loved one may need and benefit from. So this is where you can help Paul and thousands of others facing a similar situation by joining the #marrowmatch movement.

You can find out more information about #marrowmatch by clicking here, following marrowmatch on Facebook or follow marrowmatch on Twitter and help get #marrowmatch trending globally.

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