Bone marrow match found for Perth dad

A donor has been found.
A donor has been found.

A PERFECT bone marrow match has been found in time to save the life of a Perth dad suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Father-of-three Gennaro Rapinese has been admitted to Fiona Stanley Hospital and begun intensive chemotherapy in preparation for the bone marrow transplant.

Thousands of people have signed up to the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, as part of G’s Army, attending bone marrow drives across WA in the hope of finding a match.

This week the family said their prayers had been answered and they are over the moon with sheer happiness and joy. 

“We want to shout it from the rooftops, from the highest of mountains to the furtherest of lands, far and wide, that with the happiest of hearts, the biggest of smiles and tears in our eyes, we have the best news to share … a donor has been found for Gennaro,” his wife Joanne posted on Facebook.

“We don’t know anything about this very special soul, other than that they are a perfect match – 12/12.”

Gennaro is expected to be in hospital for about four to six weeks and then have a six month long recovery at home.

“We are so anxious, nervous and scared as to what will come, but at the same time so relieved, hopeful and fortunate that we have this opportunity,” Joanne said.

The family has urged anyone who has booked in to join the registry, to honour their commitment.

“Just like G has relied on a stranger to save him, a stranger is relying on you to save them,” Joanne added.

“We really do hope the momentum keeps going. Please continue to spread the word about the ABMDR and support the Red Cross by giving blood.”

Learn about donating bone marrow at the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.