Anthony Nolan Trust is THE place to go to get a life saving bone marrow transplant match.
It’s going to be the first birthday of my bone marrow/stem cell transplant on 31st August – I’ve named him ‘Jonny Canada’ as I know the donation was made by an individual in Nova Scotia and without his selfless act in all likelihood I’d be dead by now.
Getting a donor match is not easy – I had 90 potentials from the global register which was narrowed down to 4 possibles with the best chance of working. The third possible was the one used as the first two proved impossible to pin down.
A good mate of mine, Ally Satchwill, headline picture in training, is doing the Prudential 100 fund raising bike ride to help raise money for Anthony Nolan. The charity brings more people onto the register and so gives more people a chance to live.
You will have seen from my journey that this whole thing is not easy and the transplant part is tough, surviving it is tougher and I’m only just about to come off the anti rejection drugs if all stays stable.
Everyone is asked all the time to help with donations to charity – we did our first Thames Row for Sue Ryder Hospice which supported both of Ally’s parents. I first met Ally just before we went off on the Atlantic, he and his mates at school, he was 18, were doing a 24 hour row in memory of his Mum. That was in 2011 and only 4 years later we were doing the Thames Row in memory of his Mum and his dad.
Please click on this link and stick a few quid in the kitty towards Ally’s ride and Anthony Nolan Trust and it will help towards saving a life and reducing the fear/terror of waiting to hear about a matching donor.
For more on Anthony Nolan, click here.