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.
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.