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Can you help save Gennaro’s life?

Football West News

An appeal has gone out to the WA football community to see if someone can help save the life of a Carine man.

Gennaro Rapinese is a married father-of-three who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015.

After undergoing chemotherapy Gennaro went into remission in 2016. However, in February this year he learned that the leukaemia had returned and now a bone marrow transplant is his only hope of survival.

The intense chemotherapy he receives weekly is currently keeping Gennaro alive and a frantic worldwide hunt is on to find a bone marrow match.

Helping the search for a suitable donor is Leanne McNamee, whose daughter goes to Our Lady of Grace Primary School with two of Gennaro and wife Joanne’s children.

Leeanne said it was a race against time to find a donor, adding: “The school has been holding blood donor testing, as has the local Davey Real Estate outlet.”

Appeals for a match for Gennaro have gone out to sporting bodies around the world. But the profile of the most likely candidate gives hope that someone in the WA football community could come to his rescue.

The most likely match will be:

  • Male

  • 18-30

  • of Scottish and/or Italian ancestry

If you would like to help then please join the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR). Just call the Red Cross on 13 14 95 and book a blood donation.

When you arrive, tell them you would also like to join the ABMDR. Even if you’re not eligible to be a blood donor you can still join the ABMDR.