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Little leukaemia survivor walks again - the moment his parents thought they would never see

A three-year-old from Tipton who found a bone marrow match after a national campaign has taken his first steps following his life saving operation.

His proud parents have released the footage, courtesy of BPM Media, to encourage others to sign up to the bone marrow register.

Gaurav Bains spent almost six months recovering from the operation and was recorded by his parents as he learned to walk all over again.

His mother Gurprit said: "It was overwhelming seeing him walk – it was just as precious as when he took his first ever steps.

He still needs physiotherapy because his muscles tightened as he spent three months in a hospital bed."

READ: Bone marrow donor found for toddler with rare disorder

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Stars and public show support at match for Stiliyan Petrov's charity

Ex-Aston Villa players Julian Joachin and Alan Wright were among those playing for a special XI today Credit: ITV News Central

A host of former Premier League football stars have turned out for a charity football match today, in aid of Stiliyan Petrov's charity foundation.

A host of former Premier league stars turned out to play alongside Petrov, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year Credit: ITV News Central

A Petrov XI lined up against a team made up of Aston Villa legends in the match which kicked off at 2pm this afternoon.

The public turned out in good numbers to watch the charity football match Credit: ITV News Central

Premier League stars support Petrov match

Petrov retired from professional football after a battle with cancer Credit: PA

A host of Premier League stars will play for Bulgaria in a charity football match today to raise money for Stilliyan Petrov's charity.

The former Aston Villa skipper was forced to retire from professional football after a battle with leukaemia.

Petrov will line up with the likes of Julian Joachin and Alan Wright, while Steve Staunton, Bryan Small and European Cup-winning aces Ken McNaught, are expected to turn out for their opponents.

Kick off is a 2pm in at the Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium, Boldmere.

Petrov to play football again

Petrov was forced to retire from professional football after being diagnosed with leukaemia Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former Aston Villa captain Stilliyan Petrov will line up alongside a host of ex-Villa stars in a charity match in Sutton Coldfield today.

The match is taking place at the Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium in Boldmere at 2pm in aid of the former skipper's new foundation.

Petrov was forced to retire from professional football following a battle with leukaemia.

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Donor event to be held for seven year old cancer patient

Seven year old Rhiane Francois is in desperate need of bone marrow donors Credit: ITV Central

Events are being held up-and-down the country in an attempt to find a donor for a seven year old girl suffering from cancer. Rhiane Francois was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in September 2012, and is in desperate need of donors who match her blood type.

The events will be taking place in London, Coventry and Glasgow. Today's event in the Midlands starts at 1.30pm today at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.

Comedian Paul Chowdry is supporting Rhiane's donor drive. He said:

"I'm honoured to be involved in Rhiane's Campaign.

"We all need to raise awareness and make a change within our communities just like this brave seven-year-old Rhiane is doing from her hospital bed."

Anyone who is healthy and between the ages of 18-55 is encouraged to register as a potential stem cell donor- all it takes is a cheek swab.

Rihane has already undergone several rounds of chemotherapy, and is relying on blood and stem cell donations to save her life.

Seven-year-old asks Santa for life-saving transplant

A seven-year-old girl from Coventry, who has leukaemia, has written to Santa to ask for a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant.

In the letter, Rhiane Francois, who has Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, wrote she doesn't want any presents this year, she just wants to get better.

Rhiane is undergoing chemotherapy, but if that dosen't work she must have a transplant.

Today a bone marrow registration event in Coventry is appealing for donors, particularly from Black and Asian backgrounds, to sign up to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register.

There is a shortage of donors from ethnic minority backgrounds, reducing the chance of finding a suitable match for Rhiane who is half Indian half Mauritian.

Read: Life saving donor event for 7-year-old with Leukaemia

Life saving donor event for 7-year-old with Leukaemia

Rhiane Francois could need a life-saving bone marrow transplant if chemotherapy doesn't work Credit: ITV News Central

A bone marrow registration event is taking place in Coventry today to try to find a potentially life-saving transplant for a 7-year-old girl with leukaemia.

Rhiane Francois has Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and is undergoing chemotherapy, but if that doesn't work she'll need a bone marrow transplant.

Being half Indian, half Mauritian, she has a reduced chance of finding a donor match because there are fewer Asian and Black people signed up as bone marrow donors.

Today, the event at the Gurdwara Nanak Prakash in Coventry aims to tackle that. Between 1.00pm and 6:00pm people from every background are being encouraged to sign up to the transplant register.

And it does work, last month 2-year-old Guarav Bains from Tipton in the Black Country found a stem cell match after a similar push to encourage more donors to come forward. He is in hospital after having his operation on Thursday.

Read: Bone marrow donor found for toddler with rare disorder

This week Rhiane has received a letter of support from the Queen, as the little girl tries to find herself a donor match.

Read: Queen writes to seven year-old girl with Leukaemia

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