Kengo Kurimoto donated stem cells in spring 2015, after his stepson urged him to join the donor register.
‘I found the whole experience inspiring, profound, and heartwarming,’ said Kengo.
‘The moment I received the call to say I was a potential match, I felt a tingle down my spine. Was I about to help save somebody's life? The confirmatory tests were swift; friendly, informative faces, blood tests, health checks, fingers crossed that I could help.
‘I was given the OK, and treatment began. Four small injections over four days. I began to feel an ache in my bones as my body worked hard to produce those vital stem cells. It is a miracle they can do this.
‘On harvest day, all I had to do was lie back and relax, and let the machine do the rest. A beep and a small, pink bag, ready to be hand delivered to a patient somewhere in the world. A warm smile and goodie bag from Anthony Nolan and the presence of the multitude of doctors, nurses, technicians, coordinators, fundraisers, volunteers, donors and more who made this possible.
‘This was technical and organisational brilliance driven by compassionate love; humanity at its best. I feel so privileged to have been part of it.’
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