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Standing-room only at funeral for Pablo Ráez, leukaemia patient behind viral campaign to drum up a million bone-marrow donors
27 February 2017 @ 11:25

THOUSANDS of friends, family members and local residents turned out to Marbella's La Encarnación church yesterday (Sunday) to bid farewell to Pablo Ráez, a young leukaemia patient who became famous worldwide for trying to encourage bone-marrow donation.

Pablo, 20, passed away after a battle which restarted in the autumn following a 10-month remission, during which time he was training to represent Spain in the 2017 International Transplant Games.

Marbella town council has declared two days of mourning – yesterday and today (Monday) and, in the meantime, thousands have already signed a petition on Change.org for the local authority to name a street after the brave youngster.

Nationally-famous actor Dani Rovira, who met Pablo in hospital, paid tribute to him on Twitter, saying, “I love you with all my soul.”

He was due to have been the flag-carrier at the Transplant Games, held in Spain for the first time this year in late June, in his home provincial capital of Málaga.

His messages were always full of hope and happiness, and he was always smiling on his photos and videos.

 

'One Million Donor Challenge'

Pablo was training to be a firefigher when, at age 18, he was diagnosed with leukaemia and underwent several sessions of chemotherapy followed by a bone-marrow transplant, donated by his father who was found to be a match.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com



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briando55 said:
27 February 2017 @ 13:09

A really sad event and the family of Pablo has everyones thoughts and respect I feel.

In England the Anthony Nolan appeal was the first in the world to have a bone marrow register, I personally put myself on this register in the 1980's but it started in 1974.

I really thought by now that countries would share an international register. It reads here that perhaps there is no register or an early developing register in Spain?

I hope the Spanish health system supports the register now and Pablo has a lasting legacy in the way that Anthony Nolan does (Anthony was only around 8 or 9 years old back then in the 1970's when he passed away).

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