Locals rally to save Aveley’s Kai

Kai Nell sadly lost his battle with leakaemia in January.
Kai Nell sadly lost his battle with leakaemia in January.

THE people of Ellenbrook and its surrounding communities are rallying around a young Aveley boy and his family.

A bone marrow drive and GoFundMe page have been organised to help save the life of Kai Nell (3), who has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time.

Kai was diagnosed with high risk acute myeloid leukaemia at just two years of age.

He endured four rounds of high dose chemotherapy and a life-saving bone marrow transplant over the six months he lived at PMH before going into remission and being able to go home.

A fortnight ago, Kai’s parents Kara and Richard were given the devastating news Kai had relapsed and needed another bone marrow transplant to survive.

“Kai is desperately in need of a good matching bone marrow donor,” Ms Nell said.

“We are very keen to encourage people to sign up to the Australian Bone Marrow Donors Registry and to give blood.”

Last year Kai matched with one out of 28 million donors. His 10-month-old brother is a match, but an adult donor would be ideal as they would be able to give more cells.

A group of local residents has organised a bone marrow drive to take place in Ellenbrook on September 22.

Bone marrow donors must be aged 18 to 45 and in relatively good health.

Visit the Kai’s Army Facebook page.

Those who want to help support the Nell family financially can donate via the “Please support Kai – cancer warrior” GoFundMe page.