Saturday 22 July 2017

'I want to watch my kids grow up' - Mum of two pleads with the public to save her life

Tania with her two young kids
Tania with her two young kids
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A mum-of-two is pleading with the public to help save her life, as she desperately needs a bone marrow transplant.

Australian mum, Tania Murphy was diagnosed with leukaemia in July and urgently needs a life-saving bone marrow transplant, but no-one on the list of 28 million global donors is a match for her.

Ethnicity plays a large factor in bone marrow donation; Tania’s father is Croatian and her mother is of Irish descent, and her mixed heritage is likely the reason no donor is a match for her.

The ‘Find Tan a Donor’ campaign is asking any person in good general health aged 18–45 and with mixed Balkan/Irish or British heritage to register on the Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry as soon as possible.

Tania with her husband and kids
Tania with her husband and kids

Tania, a yoga teacher with two children aged four and seven years old, has tried to stay positive during her fourth round of chemotherapy.

“I’m in hospital at the moment and I’m desperate to be with my husband and children. They live over an hour away so I only see them on Saturdays,” Tania told

“I’m hoping I’ll be able to go home in December, which is perfect for Christmas - all I’ve been wishing for Christmas is a donor.”

“I want people to know that going to their nearest blood bank and registering on the bone marrow registry could save my life.  I need them to go now; I want to watch my kids grow up so badly.”

Tania and her husband
Tania and her husband

Tania has received immense support from friends and family throughout her illness and her friends are assisting her husband in running the donor campaign.

“My girlfriends are amazing; I feel so much love for the human race at the moment.”

Potential donors can register by calling 1850 731 137 or visiting

“We’re really encouraging people to actually take action because it can take up to six weeks to find out if they’re a match, so we need people to act sooner rather than later,” Tania said.

The campaign have also said that donors can mention the Find Tan a Donor campaign the ‘comment’ portion when filling in the donor registration form to notify the Irish registry of how the campaign is increasing donor numbers.

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