A DYING boy will receive life-saving treatment after almost FIVE THOUSAND people queued in the rain to be stem-cell donors.
Oscar Saxelby-Lee, five, from Worcester, was given just months to find a match after his aggressive form of leukaemia worsened.
Last month it emerged that a suitable donor had finally been found after a staggering 10,000 people were tested across the UK.
Recent tests show the youngster now has no cancerous cells left in his bone marrow following chemotherapy meaning the transplant can now take place.
In a post on Facebook page ‘Hand in Hand for Oscar’ his parents Olivia Saxelby, 26, and Jamie Lee, 23, said they were “absolutely buzzing” with the results.
They wrote: “You can imagine how proud we all are and above all how proud he is of himself. GO ON MY BOY.”
His mum and dad said previously: “What an emotional rollercoaster it’s literally been a journey of heartache and dread continuously, but..WOW!!! What a feeling of relief and positivity to help Oscar kick cancer’s butt!!
“It’s been so so traumatic but we are over the moon with being given a chance to tackle the next step in treatment.”
Last week, the couple posted that Oscar was finally developing neutrophils – the white blood cells that indicate recovery in his bone marrow and immune system.
Following his diagnosis at Christmas, Oscar was given just three months to find a stem cell donor.
A record breaking 4,855 people queued for hours in the rain to get tested after Oscar’s headteacher Sarah Keating held an open day at Pitmaston Primary School in Worcester.
DKMS, the charity that tests the swabs, said its previous record for the highest number of people to take part in a registration event is 2,200 people.
A series of other events saw more than 10,000 people volunteer to get tested.
Oscar, affectionately nicknamed Bear by his parents, is currently undergoing treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
His parents have encouraged people to continue donating blood as their son still needs transfusions on a daily basis.
If you are aged between 17 and 55 and haven’t already registered, you can get a kit at dkms.org.uk/en/register-now