Family's tribute to leaukaemia suffer

By James HoreTHE family of a man who died from leukaemia have called on the public to register to give bone marrow donations to help save other people's lives.

By James Hore

THE family of a man who died from leukaemia have called on the public to register to give bone marrow donations to help save other people's lives.

Garry Morris, 33, was diagnosed with a particularly strong form of the blood disease in January this year and died earlier this month.

The former Harwich School pupil had been a promising DJ and his work had featured in magazines and had been getting airplay on the radio in Ireland where he lived.

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His mother Val, of Lee Road, Dovercourt, paid tribute last night to her son and the brave battle he fought.

"It was acute myeloid leukaemia, which is a very aggressive strain. When we found out he had it, it came totally out of the blue," she said.

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"We have been with him for the last six weeks in Ireland because we knew he was very ill, but each time doctors told us he would not survive for much longer, he would bounce back.

"Garry's love was his music and even when he became very ill, we tried to get him back to his studio from the hospital for a few hours so he could carry on making music - it made him so happy and I am glad we were able to do that."

She said her son had been working on a CD and was determined to complete it before he became too ill.

Mr Morris' sister, Jane, said a bone marrow donor had been found for her brother, but because his chemotherapy had not worked, a transplant would not have been successful.

She added: "I would urge everyone to not only register to give blood, but also to donate bone marrow.

"Me and my brother Scott were tested, but did not form a match, but they did find a match on the register. For other people that could mean the difference between life and death.

"He was amazing really - he was not worried about his death and was at ease about the whole thing and even had the priest in tears talking about it.

"He had an amazing sense of humour and did not lose that until he could not talk anymore - it was not all depressing and he never complained at all."

Mrs Morris and her daughter also paid tribute to the devotion and care their son and brother had received in the Irish hospitals and at his hospice.

Mr Morris was married to Marie and was buried in the St Peter's Church in Milford, County Donegal, where the couple had married four years ago.

His wife asked that anyone wanting to make donations should send them to the Anthony Nolan Trust, which provides bone marrow transplants for patients.

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