Joel Picker-Spence at BBC Radio Nott'm
The story of Joel Picker-Spence
Joel Picker-Spence, a six year-old boy who battled leukaemia, died in November 2008.
Joel Picker-Spence, a Nottinghamshire boy who battled leukaemia for three years, died at the age of six.
BBC Radio Nottingham first met Joel Picker-Spence from Farndon, near Newark, in July 2008.
Joel had leukaemia and had undergone so much treatment that chemotherapy was no longer working for him.
His family organised a bone marrow drive at Kelham Hall in a desperate effort to find a bone marrow match so he could have a potentially life-saving transplant.
In an effort to get people involved, BBC Radio Nottingham's Andy Whittaker joined the bone marrow register live on the radio at the beginning of August.
More than 250 people turned out on 21 August 2008 to support Joel and join the register at the drive.
Two weeks later Joel's family got the news they were waiting for and were told a 100% donor match had been found.
Just a couple of days after being told of the match his mum Anne-Marie was dealt a hammer-blow when doctors told her Joel was too ill for the transplant.
The donor was put on standby as were staff at hospital in Sheffield where the transplant would take place 'if' Joel was well enough.
Joel was put on a week of his most intensive chemotherapy in an attempt to bring the cancer-cell count in his blood low enough to allow the operation to go ahead.
He was looking good for the week but when Joel and his mum visited the hospital for final tests, they were told that there was nothing more the doctors could do.
They couldn't get the level of blood cells in his blood low enough, so the operation simply couldn't go ahead.
Not giving up
The family refused to give up and planned a series of treats for Joel including bringing Christmas forward; a party to celebrate his seventh birthday and a limousine trip to the shops.
He also made a visit to the Radio Nottingham and East Midlands Today studios in September. Joel made friends with Des the weatherman and recorded a radio show complete with his own jingle.
However, Joel couldn't fight the cancer forever; he was taken into hospital and died on Monday 10 November 2008 at around 10.30pm.
last updated: 20/10/2009 at 14:49
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