Football fans to help student with rare blood cancer

Martin Solomon Photo: Solomon family

City fans are being asked to help save the life of a student with a rare form of blood cancer.Martin Solomon, 20, from Sale, is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and desperately needs a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

He could have just weeks to live unless a match is found. Blood cancer charity, the Anthony Nolan Trust, has already scoured its database of would-be donors without success.

Now Blues bosses are supporting the Match4Martin campaign. And they are urging supporters to take a simple saliva test before their game against Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday .

The drive, at City Square outside the ground, will take place from 11am- 2.45pm. Volunteers from the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) charity will be carrying out the tests.

There will also be a half-time announcement and a story in the City programme about the campaign. One of the reasons a match has proved so hard to find for Martin is because mum Paula, 48, is English/Irish and social worker dad Martin, 49, is of Caribbean descent.

Paula, a senior NHS administrator, said: “The more people who are registered as bone marrow donors, the higher Martin’s chance of survival will be, especially as a mixed race person.“We need this important message to be delivered to as many people as possible and are thankful of the support of Manchester City and the ACLT.”

Martin was diagnosed just before Christmas 2007. After eight months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he was given the all-clear. But last summer the disease struck again.

Anyone between 16 and 30, who weighs more than eight stone, can join the bone marrow register.For more information go to www.match4martin.com.