Former Wales Sevens participant Ethan Davies has introduced he has a uncommon type of most cancers.
Davies has been identified with Hepatosplenic T Cell Lymphoma which impacts his liver and spleen.
The 28-year-old wants a stem-cell transplant and has appealed for a donor.
Davies is a former Wales Underneath-20s worldwide, performed for the Sevens squad between 2015 and 2020, and was a member of Pontypool RFC final season.
He wrote on social media: “For those who do not already know, I’ve been identified with Hepatosplenic T Cell Lymphoma. It is a very uncommon type of most cancers that affects my liver and spleen.
“To beat this I will want a stem-cell transplant and for that to occur I have to discover a donor.
“So the extra individuals I can attain with this, the higher probability I’ve of discovering a match.
“Not solely that, for those who aren’t a match for me you might be for another person and save their life.
“Initially I had no intentions of posting something on social media about this, however after considering issues over it makes extra sense to take action.
“The extra people who join, the extra matches they’ll discover for others as effectively. Even when one particular person finds a match from me doing this it should have made a distinction.”
Davies performed for the Wales Sevens aspect within the World Cup in San Francisco and Commonwealth Video games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Extra not too long ago, Davies has performed semi-professionally for Pontypool whereas coaching as an electrician.
In February 2022, he began experiencing indicators of thrombocytopenia (deficiency of platelets within the blood), which docs assumed on the time was attributable to a viral an infection.
After a brief course of treatment it was assumed the situation was resolved, as his platelet rely had returned to a wholesome degree.
The low rely resurfaced in June and was worse than earlier than, accompanied by a really sore abdomen after consuming.
Davies was put again on a course of steroids, though this time they’d little impact.
In July, Davies had a CT scan with docs realising his spleen had enlarged to twice its regular dimension, and he was admitted for testing to find a root trigger.
After numerous blood and bone-marrow assessments and additional scans, Davies was identified with the blood most cancers.
Davies was attributable to begin his first spherical of intensive chemotherapy on 23 August and he’ll want additional remedy and a blood stem-cell transplant from a donor later this 12 months.
There isn’t a match in his household so Davies is now trying to find an unrelated stem cell donor.
“When information broke amongst the squad about Ethan the boys took time to mirror,” mentioned Wales Sevens coach Richie Pugh.
“They perceive he has been a giant a part of the efficiency programme.
“He was a particular participant when he was on the world collection with Wales. He did so much within the Welsh jersey, so our ideas are with him, and we wish to assist him and provides him power by way of this time.
“I do know messages have been going on the market about registering to be a donor and that’s the very first thing we will all do, put that hyperlink on the market to point out people who we will all play a component in supporting Ethan in that.
“We want him all one of the best in his battle. I do know he’s a fighter, and he’s a powerful child and we’re all right here for him.”