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18-year-old boxer Reuben from Reading was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia after a nosebleed caused by an injury in the ring, did not stop. A former England athlete, he was training daily before receiving the life-changing news.

Reuben has been told by doctors that the only effective treatment they can offer him is a stem cell transplant. Despite having two sisters, neither are a 10/10 match, so Reuben is now searching the globe for a stranger that can help.


If you’re aged 16-30 you can give Reuben, and others like him, hope for a second chance of life by joining the stem cell register.

It was like having the rug pulled right from underneath us.

Dan, Reuben's Dad

Reuben currently visits hospital 2-3 times per week to have blood and platelet transfusions and blood tests. He urgently needs a stem cell transplant to treat his condition for the long term.

Reuben was due to start first year of university in September 2022 but has had to postpone his studies on the advice of his consultant.

Make a donation

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 Reuben 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 Reuben's.

£90 could pay for three hours of invaluable support from a post-transplant nurse for patients and families.