Kathryn Cartwright died peacefully following an insurmountable infection in her liver, a few days before her 29th birthday.
In 2008 Kathryn was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). She went on to have two stem cell transplants – one from her sister and one from an Anthony Nolan donor.
Kathryn documented her treatment and recovery in a popular blog, with her honesty and sense of humour helping many to better understand the reality of stem cell transplant. Her determination and willingness to help others then led Kathryn to volunteer as one of our Young Ambassadors.
In 2018 Kathryn hosted a star-studded comedy night at the Union Chapel in north London to mark 10 years since her transplant. The event was an incredible success, raising £14,000 for Anthony Nolan and engaging many communities with our work. Kathryn was subsequently named Individual Fundraiser of the Year at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards.
Last September Kathryn joined five other stem cell transplant recipients to take part in our Silent Thank You, a series of pictures by acclaimed photographer Rankin to mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month (see picture above).
Anthony Nolan’s Chief Executive Henny Braund, said:
“Many of us will remember fondly Kathryn’s strong and positive attitude coupled with a dry sense of humour; a remarkable individual who shared her own story to inspire others. Whilst her life ended far too soon, what Kathryn has achieved is significant and will live on as a fitting legacy to a passionate young woman.
“Kathryn inspires us to do even more for patients and their families to keep her memory alive.”
If you or your family have questions about recovery after a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, we're here for you: www.anthonynolan.org/patients-and-families.