"I wanted to have a future again, a future free of leukaemia. Whoever donated their cord blood gave me that – they gave me my life back."
"In August 2003 I noticed I was frequently tired, losing weight and pale. Eventually, I went to my GP, who did some blood tests."
"When I got back from work that day, there was a voicemail asking me to go to hospital. I wasn’t too worried – but when I got there, things escalated rapidly."
"I was told I had chronic myeloid leukaemia. It was absolutely horrifying."
"I was prescribed an anti-cancer drug but I didn’t respond to treatment. After four years, I was told I’d die without a transplant."
"I’ve got a quirky tissue type and a matching donor couldn’t be found. But there were a number of cord blood matches. I had my cord blood transplant in February 2008."
"Somebody saved my life. They gave me the opportunity to live again. If I met the mother who gave her cord blood, I don’t think I’d be able to put into words my heartfelt thanks. I’m utterly grateful to her."
"And I’m grateful to Anthony Nolan. By collecting cord blood they’ll give so many people who can’t find an adult donor the chance of life."
Donate today and help us collect and store more cord blood (blood from the umbilical cord and placenta) so that we can help to provide transplants for more people like Jo.
"Dear our unknown donor (known in our home as Our Hero)"