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TWO STRUGGLES TOUCHED MANY.

TWO other sufferers have touched many with their fight against the disease.

Dance champion Leigh Anderson tragically lost a five-year battle in 1999.

Three years ago, Johanna MacVicar's eight-year battle won support from Robbie Williams. Edinburgh girl Leigh, 25, had a rare blood- tissue type and searched the world for a donor.

A near match was found from a German donor and she had a five-hour bone marrow transplant in 1998.

But she suffered a string of complications and died in April the next year. During her treatment, Leigh enrolled at Edinburgh's Napier University and was posthumously awarded her degree.

Meanwhile, Robbie backed a campaign to find a bone-marrow transplant donor for Johanna, from Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

She met him backstage after his concert in Glasgow in 2000. It came five years after an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant.

Her story impressed Robbie who signed up for the national bone-marrow register.
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Date:Aug 16, 2003
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