FIREMAN Steve Lock is fighting his biggest battle as he bids to find a bone marrow donor.
The 37-year-old, who works with the technical rescue team at Bickenhill Fire Station, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in April and is now in urgent need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
A shortage of donors has inspired the 37-year-old’s workmates to stage mobile screening units at fire stations across the region.
Colleagues of former soldier Steve have teamed up with the Anthony Nolan Trust to run the clinics after his brother and sister proved to be unsuitable matches.
Hundreds of people flocked to the first clinic in Coventry earlier this week and it is hoped the next clinics will be just as well supported.
Steve said: “My colleagues have been massively supportive for me, organising half a dozen screening dates in the area to boost the possibilities of donors coming forward.
“Even if none of the donors my mates encourage to come forward is a perfect match for me, they could serve to save someone else’s life.”
Steve’s wife Tracey, an administration officer, said all the support had given Steve hope.
“We want to find a donor for Steve, but we also hope we will find donors for some of the thousands of other people in the same situation.
“Finding a donor is about luck. It is hard dealing with it, but you just have to think positively.
“Steve is quite a shy person, but hopes to raise awareness that donating isn’t as scary as people think – it can be just a simple blood test.”
Tracey people in good health, aged 18-40 to come forward.
Clinics take place on Tuesday, August 5, 3-7pm, at Highgate Fire Station, Moseley Road, Birmingham; Thursday, August 7, 1-5pm; WMFS Training Centre, Dartmouth Road, Smethwick; Tuesday, August 12, 3- 7pm, Handsworth Fire Station, Rookery Road, Birmingham; Tuesday, August 19, 3-7pm, Dudley Fire Station, Burton Road; Tuesday, August 26, 3-7pm, Fallings Park Fire Station, Bushbury Road, Wolverhampton
* Anyone unable to attend can still join the register by calling The Anthony Nolan Trust on 020 7284 1234 or visiting www.anthonynolan.org.uk.