"When I finally met Audrey, I was shocked just how deeply it moved me."
Sport is my passion and I’d always considered myself to be healthy. So when I was diagnosed with leukaemia it naturally came as a huge shock, particularly at the age of 31.
After drug treatments failed, I was told what I really needed for a cure was a transplant. I knew there was only a small chance of finding me a match, because of my mixed race background.
But Anthony Nolan found a donor using their links with a register in America. I had the transplant in January 2004. Six months later, the doctors told me I was in remission.
My donor saved my life. Thanks to her, I am now able to look forward to a future with my partner Andrea, our family and friends.
I will be forever grateful. Without my donor, and without a register, I probably wouldn’t be here.
Your tissue type is broadly linked to your ethnicity. People from BAME backgrounds are under represented on our register which can make it harder to find a match.
Donate today and help add more potential lifesavers to our register. With more donors, we can find more matches and give more people, like Mark, the chance of life.