Willetton family appeal for ethnically diverse donors to help son’s fight


Chem Nayar with a photo of his son Sujith
Chem Nayar with a photo of his son Sujith

A WILLETTON family are appealing to ethnically diverse communities to go on the donor list, after their son was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Last November, Sujith Nayar was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Philadelphia Positive, an aggressive blood cancer that required immediate chemotherapy.

Mr Nayar grew up in Willetton, attending Rostrata Primary School and Willetton Senior High School before he moved to Brisbane for work.

The IT professional has started his sixth and final round of chemotherapy but is not expected to survive unless he receives a bone marrow transplant.

There is no match for Mr Nayar on the registry, and because tissue type is inherited patients are most likely to match with someone of the same race or ethnicity.

Mr Nayar’s father Chem Nayar said the donor pool was small because the number of Indian people registered on national and international bone marrow registries was very shallow.

“For this reason, it is very important for patients like my son that we increase the awareness of the donor registry and process,” Professor Nayar said.

Mr Nayar’s family and friends will come together to host a donor drive on April 16 from 10am-4pm at Bluegum Recreation Centre in Brentwood to find a match for Sujith or any other person in need.

“I hope you will consider attending this drive to join the registry. This commitment could save the life of my son and many other people desperately waiting and hoping for a transplant,” Professor Nayar said.

To learn more about my Mr Nayar and his fight for his life, click here or visit the Facebook page.