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Search to find donor for Pte Myles Brown continues in Germany

14 July 2017

Earlier in this week we featured a piece on the Anthony Nolan charity visiting Germany as part of the search to find a donor for Private Myles Brown, who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), an aggressive form of blood cancer.

In a fantastic demonstration of support and camaraderie the forces community in Germany have turned out in great numbers to register with the Anthony Nolan charity and provide a saliva sample for testing.  All hoping that they can help Myles or someone else suffering from ALL.

For Private Lee Schooling of 1PWRR , it was not a difficult decision to register: “I know Myles well as we serve in the same Company. He is a really good lad and we all want to help and hopefully we can find a match for him. I didn’t know too much about what was involved before today but the test was really easy - just a spit into a tube and takes no time at all.  It’s as simple as that.  If I can do something as easy as that and if it turns out that I could potentially save someone’s life then that would just be an unbelievable feeling.”

Another soldier from 1PWWR tested was Private Mia Gaitely who explained: “It is brilliant to see so many turn up and willing to register, it means a lot to the Battalion. We are all here to help Myles and others who need stem cell treatment. It’s so easy to do and something everyone should consider as it really could make a difference.”

“The response and support we have received from everyone here in Germany has been incredible” remarked Karen Archer of Anthony Nolan adding: “It has been an amazing turnout and what everyone is doing brilliant. Being a match is something that can totally change a life. It can give someone a future and give them their life back. By building and diversifying our register we will be able provide the best match to even more people, like Myles, with blood cancer.”

With almost 600 individuals from both the serving and civilian communities registering to be donors, and many more soldiers expected to do so on return from exercises and operational commitments, it is hoped that someone from Germany could prove to be a match for Myles or someone else who is in need of a transplant.”

Sending the thoughts of the Battalion to Private Brown his Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Mike Cornwell said: “Private Brown is a true Tiger.  Always positive, and relentlessly cheerful in the face of adversity he is fighting hard, and doing so with the full support of the 1 PWRR Family.  We will stand with him and his family through this difficult period.  FIERCE PRIDE”

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