A student at Nottingham Trent University has been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia and a stem cell tumour and is only the second person in the world to have both illnesses at the same time.
Zac Forskitt, 20, a journalism student, is being treated at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre.
Josh Sharpe, one of Zac’s close friends, visited him in hospital and was told by doctors that he was so ill he was unable to even open a window.
He decided he wanted to do something for Zac which would raise money and awareness of his condition.
Originally his friends aimed to raise three hundred pounds to buy Zac a Play Station Four, so he could entertain himself in hospital.
But within hours of setting up a Just Giving page, the friends had raised beyond their target and the total of funds raised online now stands at £4,500.
Other friends have also set up a ‘’BacZac’’ campaign to sell merchandise. Other mates have even shaved their heads to raise money for Zac.
Altogether, Zac’s friends have now managed to raise more than six thousand pounds for him.
Even Sir Richard Branson has got on the ‘’BacZac’’ bandwagon and has been pictured wearing one of the distinctive orange merchandise hats.
Zac is now set to face a stem cell transplant and is looking to find a match in order to find a donor.
Once again his friends have been the first to help. They have teamed up with The Anthony Nolan Charity and have organised a ‘’spit in a tube’’ event on campus.
Josh Sharpe explains how the event will work…