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Dash for Darcy helps brave boy

Superheroes took off around Hillarys Community Kindergarten last week in a ‘Dash for Darcy’.

The event aimed to raise funds and awareness for four-year-old student Darcy Keeley who was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant.

Parents joined the children in the Dash for Darcy fundraiser.
Camera IconParents joined the children in the Dash for Darcy fundraiser. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

“Darcy requires a bone marrow transplant within the next four or five weeks to fight this horrible disease, but so far a donor has not been found,” event co-organiser Kellie Swarbrick said.

“The event was organised by teachers and parents from the community kindy, with our main focus to provide some financial support to the Keeley family and encourage as many people as we can to join the Australian Bone Marrow Registry and find a match for Darcy.”

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Hillarys Community Kindergarten held a fundraising 'Dash for Darcy' to support student Darcy Keely, who has leukaemia.
Camera IconHillarys Community Kindergarten held a fundraising ‘Dash for Darcy’ to support student Darcy Keely, who has leukaemia. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

Classmates, teachers, parents and other family members dressed in their favourite superhero costumes and ran, skipped, walked and hitched piggyback rides to complete as many laps as they could “for their special kindy friend who they are missing beyond measure”.

Darcy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in June and is now confined to an isolated hospital room.

He has been undergoing daily blood and platelet infusions and intensive chemotherapy while waiting for a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.

Teacher Alison Ford runs with the children.
Camera IconTeacher Alison Ford runs with the children. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

However, his family members are not a suitable match and no one has been found through the international bone marrow registry.

People aged 18-45 and of Irish, German or European Australian descent are encouraged to make an appointment at their local Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Centre to enrol for the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Register.

Hillarys Community Kindergarten held a fundraising 'Dash for Darcy'.
Camera IconHillarys Community Kindergarten held a fundraising ‘Dash for Darcy’. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

A small blood sample will be required for tissue typing.

Call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.

Financial donations can also be made at www.gofundme.com/f/do-it-for-darc.

This article was originally published on PerthNow

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