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Jo's cash plea to find a cure.

DAREDEVIL Johanna MacVicar is appealing for cash for the Anthony Nolan charity - because she's dying.

The 22-year-old has myeloid leukaemia and said yesterday: "We need the Government to do all it can to help find the cure. There's never enough money but what can be more of a worthwhile cause than saving lives?"

But until the genetic remedy arrives, the best hope is the Anthony Nolan charity, which receives no Government or lottery funding.

Johanna has been fighting for her life since she was diagnosed five years ago and will not survive without a bone marrow transplant. But the odds for a match are 20million to one.

Johanna has already survived one mismatched operation after doctors restored her original marrow. She knows the agony of waiting.

But the computer worker, from Bishopton, Renfrewshire, is occupying her time as a dedicated campaigner for the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust.

Johanna has taken the plunge as a scuba diver to publicise the cause. She has even abseiled off the Wallace Monument and done freefall parachuting.

Potential donors, aged 18 to 40 and weighing no less than eight stones, should call 01555 660388.
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