After my second round of chemo failed, we were told that I would need to have a donor stem cell transplant. My consultant first of all asked that my brother and sister be checked to see if they were a tissue match and could act as my donor. Sadly, neither were a match. It was then that we found out about Anthony Nolan.
Anthony Nolan matches incredible people willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants. The charity was established in 1974 by Shirley Nolan whose three-year-old son Anthony urgently needed a bone marrow transplant. Shirley set up the world’s first register to match donors with people in desperate need.
Now, every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer and a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant is their only chance of survival. Anthony Nolan helps those in need of a transplant by finding tissue matches through the 500,000 adults on their register.
Without Anthony Nolan, there wouldn’t be a future for me so we knew that this was the cause we wanted to support. My husband, Alex, my brother, Richard and my amazing friend Sara ran the London Marathon in April 2015 for Anthony Nolan and will be fundraising throughout the year – you can donate through their Just Giving page.