Urgent bone marrow drive for 16-year-old in Portimão

Henrique Camacho is in urgent need of compatible donor

A bone marrow drive will take place at Portimão Arena on Saturday, August 6 from 9am to 4pm to help 16-year-old local youngster Henrique Camacho, who is in “urgent need of a compatible donor.”

Born in 2006 in Portimão, the youngster is being accompanied by the paediatric team at the Faro unit of CHUA (Algarve University Hospital Centre), as well as by the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Lisbon (IPO Lisboa).

Bone marrow donors must be aged between 18 and 45; be healthy; weigh at least 50 kilos; be at least 1.50m tall; and have never received blood transfusions after 1980.

The campaign is being supported by Portimão Council, CHUA and the Portuguese Association Against Leukaemia.

More information is available through the Municipal Civil Protection Services in Portimão (+351 808 282 112).

By Michael Bruxo

michael.bruxo@portugalresident.com