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West Belfast mum with rare cancer finds stem-cell transplant match

Sharon McCloskey has found in a match in her search for a stem-cell donor

A WEST Belfast mother with a rare form of leukaemia has been told a stem-cell match has been found in her search for a donor.

Sharon McCloskey, a mother of three, had been searching since her diagnosis in February for someone to donate stem cells to allow her to receive a transplant.

Family and friends launched the Save Our Sunflower campaign and were inundated by thousands of people coming forward to get swabbed in a bid and help save her life.

Thanking her supporters for their help and encouragement, the 43-year-old said on Facebook: "Hi everybody, Dublin just phoned us there and I got my one – a nine out of ten match."

Friends and relatives yesterday thanked the "beautiful and special stranger" who they described as an angel.

"You have given a mother back to her children. You will never know what this means to us, her family and her kids," they said.

"We are in tears, tears of joy this time."

Campaigners encouraged others to sign up with the charity Anthony Nolan or DKMS to see if they are a match for others.

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