5-year-old Florence was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in May. She urgently needs a stem cell transplant but sadly her big brother Freddie isn’t a match. Her parents are doing everything they can to raise awareness so that more people join the stem cell register. Her mum, Stacey, told us:
“Your whole world just crashes when you’re given news like this. If Florence found a match, it would be everything. No child should ever have to go through something like this. I can’t even bear thinking about what will happen if she doesn’t find a donor. She’s our entire world. We need to find a donor, there’s no other option.
If you’re aged 16-30 you can give Florence, and others like her, hope for a second chance of life by joining the stem cell register.
Florence has started emergency chemotherapy and they’re hoping that if we find a match, she can have her transplant in 4-6 weeks. She’s the bravest person I’ve ever met in my entire life. When she got diagnosed, I was crying and she wiped away my tears and said, ‘Mummy, crying’s not going to do anything, we’ve just got to be brave.’ She’s amazing. She really is.
I’ll do anything to save her, but even if this doesn’t help Florence, we hope it will help someone else. We’re in hospital with another family whose little girl has the exact same diagnosis, and she needs to find a donor too. They’ve been a massive help to us, and we want to help them. We know our odds aren’t very good, but we’re going to fight for our kids.
So many people have been supporting our search for a donor. It's given us such a boost knowing how kind people are. You feel like you aren’t on your own.”
-Stacey, Florence's mum
Please donate today and help us make sure we can be there for patients like Florence.
A gift of £5 a month helps build a stem cell register that gives everyone the best chance of survival.
A gift of £10 a month helps lifesaving transplants to happen – giving as many people like Florence as possible a second chance of life.
A gift of £15 a month could help pay for our umbilical cord collection programme – making little lifesavers of babies only minutes old!
£15 goes a long way to helping our scientists conduct ground-breaking research that will save lives over the next 50 years.
£40 could sign up a new lifesaving stem cell donor who could go on to save a life like Florence's.
£90 could pay for three hours of invaluable support from a post-transplant nurse for patients and families.