We are appealing to anyone of English/Jamaican decent, between the ages of 18-35yrs to come forward. Izaack Powell urgently needs a bone marrow match.
Please go to a Lifeblood Centre ASAP to donate blood and ask very clearly to be put on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Alternatively please contact us.
Izaack Powell otherwise known as “Big Rig” by his family, was born in Brisbane Australia in 2002, and is now 21yrs old. His mum Suzie was born in Australia, and has worked as a nurse for more than 20yrs. John, Izaack’s father, was born in England of Jamaican parents and is a chef who has worked all over the world.
Suzie and John have three children. India is the eldest being 22yrs old and is studying nursing at University. Sienna is the youngest of the three at 17yrs old who is still at school and also plays soccer at a high level.
Izaack is squashed in the middle of his two amazing sisters at 21yrs old! Not to be outshone by the girls Izaack excelled academically and on the sports field. He started at a local club at 5yrs old where it became clear very quickly he had a talent and he quickly moved up through the ranks.
At 15yrs old he was approached by the Brisbane Roar Soccer Club and was given a scholarship with them. In 2019 he was selected to represent Australia in Brazil for the U17 Youth World Cup. That same year at 16 yrs old he made his debut for Brisbane Roar being the youngest ever player to be signed. He was in his last year at high school. Life was good. He also met his current girlfriend.
Around June 2021 he started to feel unwell and got the devastating news he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. His and his family’s world stopped. The family, being very private people, kept this very quiet whilst Izaack recieved chemotherapy and other treatments that led to him being in remission.
He started back at university pursuing business studies and had just resumed playing soccer at his childhood club at a high level again, when at a routine check up just after Easter this year he was told unbelievably his cancer had returned and that his only option is a bone marrow transplant. Izaack has now resumed chemotherapy.
His family and friends are doing all they can to help this amazingly strong young man and his humble family face what no family should ever have to face, finding a life saving donor for their child.
We all want to see Izaack back on the soccer field doing what he does best and loves most. So we are asking if you can help by donating blood and joining the Register as a potential stem cell donor to help Izaack find his life saving stem cell match.
So we can all watch him fulfill his dreams out on the soccer field, and live a long ,healthy, happy life.