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In October 2005, Jeanette Crizzle, an English teacher, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. She needed a bone marrow transplant, but owing to her mixed racial heritage, a suitable donor could not be found. Her husband, Adam, worked positively by carrying out independent research in schools and with the public into the general awareness levels of donation.
This culminated in the UK government giving funding for an educational programme in schools to promote the importance of organ, blood, tissue and bone marrow donation in life and after death.
Sadly, a year after her diagnosis, Jeanette died from her condition without having found a matching donor.