Mum is up for charity award

A borough mum has been shortlisted for a national charity award after her son had a bone marrow transplant.

Alexandra Rowe Gonsalez’s son Sam was born in 2006 but developed a serious virus when only six-weeks-old.

He was later diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS).

Since his bone marrow transplant in January 2007, Sam is now at school but has had lots of post transplant complications.

These inspired Alex to put together ‘A Parent’s Guide to the Transplant Journey’ to support other parents whose child needs a transplant,.

And copies of the guide have been sent to all paediatric transplant centres in the UK.

Now the Whitley Bay mum has been shortlisted for Patient Champion of the Year at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards.

The awards ceremony takes place on October 27 in the House of Commons.