Member’s daughter in fight for life: Your help needed

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Helen Anderson is a Teacher Assistant at Rosetta Primary School and a CPSU member. 

Her daughter Lauren, who just turned 21, needs a bone marrow transplant. Put simply, it’s her last chance. It’s a situation no parent ever wants to face.

In 2020 a previous bone marrow transplant failed.

Helen and Lauren need help. Currently they’re both in Melbourne for Lauren’s treatment and spent months there last year. Theis means Helen hasn’t been able to do her work, as they face increasing expenses as they fight for Lauren’s life.

Family friend Sally McShane said Lauren is just like any other 21-year-old.

“She’s an amazing person, she loves the theatre, her friends, socialising and bushwalking. She also loves her cats – they’re an important part of her life, she’d be cross if I didn’t mention her cats.

On Helen: “All you can do as a mum is keep going and make life the best you can for your kids.”

Sally encourages anyone who can help to do so.

How you can help.

Join the Bone Marrow Donor Registry, and donate blood! 

“For Lauren in particular, she finds it really important for people to donate blood and join the bone marrow registry,” Sally said.  
How to do this: 

1) Book a blood donation at Red Cross 

2) When you donate, sign up for the Life for Lauren Lifeblood TeamJoin the Team Life For Lauren – Bone Marrowthon 

3) At your appointment, tell them you want to go on Bone Marrow Registry. 

4) Book now – your donation could change someone’s life. 

Particularly, people aged 18-35 are needed desperately to join the registry, young men provide the most successful donations.  
Find out more information here
Find out more about the process here

Can’t give blood or join the bone marrow registry? 

Click here to go to the gofundme campaign page and support Helen and Lauren.  

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