Catterick Garrison couple launch charity in memory of son

Sebastian Kellaway died in January aged two.

A charity launched by a Catterick Garrison couple who lost their son to a rare form of leukemia is helping raise awareness about the condition.

Sebastian Kellaway died in January aged two from acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He would have been three tomorrow.

AML is a type of blood cancer that starts from young white blood cells called granulocytes or monocytes in the bone marrow.

Adults and children can get it, but it is most often diagnosed in older people.

Sebastian’s parents, Dan and Laura, have launched a new charity called Sebastian’s Wish to raise awareness about the disease and funds for research into treating childhood blood cancers.

Daniel added: “We are also aiming to help support other families who have been affected by these cancers.

“A lot of charities helped Sebastian and ourselves, and we are looking to give back to these.”

The couple are encouraging people to get tested to be a potential blood stem cell and platelet donor, and help children with AML and other blood cancers.

The couple have had more than 70 confirmed DKMS stem cell registrations in his name so far with their #sealedwithakiss campaign.

International charity DKMS runs a donor registration service and can send out swab kits  to those willing to be tested.

For more details on registering as a potential blood stem cell donor with DKMS click here.

For more information on Sebastian’s Wish click here.