Make a Wish

In the September edition, we told the story of Henrique Camacho, a teenager who was desperately searching for a bone marrow donor so he could realise his dream of becoming a chef.

After several months and many campaigns for bone marrow and continuing chemotherapy treatment, his family threw Henrique a 17th birthday party none of them will ever forget.

They were joined at the party by 120 friends who have supported his family in this tough battle. 

The Make a Wish association presented Henrique with the electric scooter he had wished for, in order to have fun with friends and recover some mobility that had been compromised as a result of the disease and aggressive treatments. 

But the greatest gift came when his mother took up the microphone. In a moment of great emotion and with tears of joy, she told everyone gathered that they have finally found a compatible donor for the transfusion.

Henrique is now doing physiotherapy in preparation for the transfusion, which will be followed by three months of recovery in Lisbon.  His family is keen to stress that this is not an end and continues to call for everyone who can, to register as a bone marrow donator to help other families who are going through the same nightmare they have suffered.  

To register as a donor you must be between 18 and 45 years old and be healthy. Go to the Hospital do Barlavento de Portimão or the Association of Blood Donors of the Algarve, on 25 April. You could save a life!

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