What do you say to the person who has saved your life? Thank you doesn’t seem quite enough.
Stephen: "My older brother Christopher was only 24 when he died from acute myeloid leukaemia on 9 September 1999. It was four days after my 18th birthday. I still miss him so much."
"Five years after Christopher died, I came up as a match."
"I wasn’t allowed to find out much information about the person I’d donated to for five years following the transplant as my recipient wanted to reach the point where he’d been given the ‘all clear’."
"Finally, in March 2011, we arranged to meet up. It brought up a lot of emotions."
"I was very humbled to meet James and was also aware that if my own brother hadn’t died of leukaemia, I probably wouldn’t have joined the Anthony Nolan register and James may not be here today."
James: "I was diagnosed with leukaemia when I was a teenager and I missed a year of school because of the illness."
"I was so seriously ill that I was told my only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant. I was lucky to find a match."
"After I reached the five year mark of being cancer free, I felt the time was right to contact my donor. I was excited but also quite apprehensive. What do you say to the person who has saved your life? Thank you doesn’t seem quite enough."
"But when we did finally meet, it felt great. Our families went out for a meal together and we all got along really well."
It costs £40 to recruit, tissue type and keep each of our donors. Donate today and help add more donors, like Stephen, to our register and save more people, like James.