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Lauren Menegola has big plans for the new year.

The 23-year-old wants to skydive, go travelling around the world and grow her hair.

Her most important resolution though is to get better.

Eighteen months ago, Ms Menegola was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer.

She had intensive treatment but needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

Her rare tissue type meant a match could not be found among the 200,000 bone marrow donors in Australia, nor in the 20 million donors worldwide.

But there is hope someone holds the key to her future.

Ms Menegola, who will spend New Year's Eve in hospital, urged people to register for bone marrow donation.

"I want people to register, not just for me, but for all the other people and children in the world that are in the same position," she said.

"The more people who register, the more lives that can be saved.

"It's hard being in a position where there's nothing you or your family can do to help you - where your whole life depends on someone, someone you've never met, to come forward."

After learning about her condition in July last year, Ms Menegola underwent 18 months of treatment, including six rounds of intense chemotherapy.

In January, she received an umbilical cord blood transplant and appeared to have recovered before relapsing a few weeks ago.

"I was feeling so good I booked a trip with my boyfriend for Christmas before I found out the leukaemia had come back," she said.

"Finding out you have relapsed is so much worse than being diagnosed because then you know what you have to go through. It's like starting from square one again."

Ms Menegola's father Bruno said his world collapsed when he discovered the cancer had returned. "We had been through hell and back and then to find out she was sick again, I was at a loss," he said.

"It broke my heart but Lauren kept fighting and held us together.

"She really just cares for everyone and has a heart of gold."

Royal Perth Hospital blood specialist Matthew Wright said most people who donated bone marrow did not need a general anaesthetic and an operation. "In about 90-95 per cent of cases for adults, we can collect stem cells off blood with medication, which has made the process more comfortable," he said.

For more information, visit the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry website at abmdr.org.au or contact the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95.

'I was feeling so good I booked a trip before the leukaemia came back.'" *Lauren Menegola *