Samantha Armytage shares devastating family news

Samantha Armytage shares devastating family news and urgently appeals for help from her fans: ‘Please spread the word’

Samantha Armytage has issued an appeal for a family friend suffering from cancer. 

In an Instagram post on Monday, the former Sunrise host called for a stem cell donor to help teenager Maggie Banyard, who has a rare form of leukaemia. 

‘ATTENTION! All you good people of the Illawarra (and beyond!) Maggie Banyard is a family friend of ours’ the 46-year-old wrote. 

Samantha Armytage (pictured) has issued an appeal for a family friend suffering from cancer

Samantha Armytage (pictured) has issued an appeal for a family friend suffering from cancer

‘She’s a beautiful 14 year old girl – diagnosed with a bloody horrible form of leukaemia’ Sam went on. 

‘I know you’ve all got lots on at the moment, but please help spread the word. 

‘The family is looking for a suitable stem cell donor to help save Maggie’s life… go to @match4maggie for more info’ she continued. 

In an Instagram post on Monday, the former Sunrise host called for a stem cell donor to help teenager Maggie Banyard (pictured), who has a rare form of leukaemia

In an Instagram post on Monday, the former Sunrise host called for a stem cell donor to help teenager Maggie Banyard (pictured), who has a rare form of leukaemia

Sam also shared a link to the Match For Maggie website in the hope of finding a donor. 

Maggie’s illness was uncovered after she came down with a sore throat and headache she couldn’t shake, initially suspected to be a virus. 

Routine blood tests showed that her white blood cell count was through the roof. 

The year eight student was diagnosed with a rare and high-risk form of leukaemia called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and underwent chemotherapy. 

'ATTENTION! All you good people of the Illawarra (and beyond!) Maggie Banyard is a family friend of ours' the 46-year-old wrote

‘ATTENTION! All you good people of the Illawarra (and beyond!) Maggie Banyard is a family friend of ours’ the 46-year-old wrote

'She's a beautiful 14 year old girl - diagnosed with a bloody horrible form of leukaemia' Sam went on

‘She’s a beautiful 14 year old girl – diagnosed with a bloody horrible form of leukaemia’ Sam went on

‘We told Maggie she had leukaemia, but she didn’t really understand,’ Maggie’s motehr Chantal Kershaw tells news.com.au. 

‘Then we said; “Maggie you have blood cancer”. She burst into tears and our whole world fell apart.’

The search is now on for a bone-marrow transplant donor – also known as a stem cell transplant – to save Maggie’s life. 

Sam also shared a link to the Match For Maggie website in the hope of finding a donor

Sam also shared a link to the Match For Maggie website in the hope of finding a donor

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