Oswestry cancer battler Joel to get donated bone marrow from USA

A 22-year-old Oswestry man who is facing his third battle with cancer is to be given bone marrow from a donor in America.

The trans-Atlantic donation offer for Joel Hassall was made through the Anthony Nolan bone cancer register.

Now Mr Hassall is preparing to go into hospital on November 4 to prepare to receive the life-saving donation.

Joel Hassall
Joel Hassall

He was diagnosed with the cancer, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, at the age of 18 as he was looking forward to a career in the armed forces.

Stem cell treatment failed to halt the cancer and now Joel is facing more radical treatment.

His mother, Mrs Jenette Morris, said: “Joel will go into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to have harsh chemotherapy to kill off his immune system.

“He will then receive the bone marrow, which will be donated in America and flown over to Birmingham.

“He will have to be in hospital in isolation for eight weeks as even the smallest bug or virus could be dangerous to him.”

Last year a charity, Joel’s Goal, was said up to help him he faced his cancer treatment.

Mrs Morris said: “Joel and his girlfriend, Sophie, have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Tenerife that was paid for by the charity.

“They were able to relax and spend some time together before his bone marrow transplant. It is a very worrying time, but Joel seems to be very laid back about everything.

“You just have to deal with it, you dont have a choice.”

Mrs Morris said the family were gearing themselves up, not just for the emotional difficulties but also the practical problems of visiting Joel in Birmingham.

The next fundraiser for the Joel’s Goal fund will be a Halloween gig on November  2 at Morda Village Hall, near Oswestry.

The evening will be fancy dress and there will be three bands playing.

Tickets for the event, priced at £5, are available from 07999 567697 or 07944 933337.