'When I think of my donor, it’s odd to think that we’re intrinsically linked.
'They are a part of me. But we’ve never met.'
Toby Leeming, a musician from Suffolk, fell ill while he was on tour with his band in the US. Toby was diagnosed with myelodysplasia, turning into acute myeloid leukaemia. He was told that a stem cell transplant was his only hope of survival and that, sadly, his brother wasn’t a match.
Anthony Nolan found a donor for Toby and provided the stem cell transplant that saved his life.
If you’re aged 16-30 and in good health, you can sign up to become a stem cell donor and potentially save the life of someone like Toby. If you’re over 30, your generous gift can help us to find more matches and provide a future to families like Toby, his wife Libby and baby daughter Margot.
A Near Run Thing
While recovering from his transplant, Toby wrote an album, from which he is releasing the single A Near Run Thing. The song explores some of the rollercoaster of emotions he went through and serves as a heartfelt thank you to both Libby, his girlfriend at the time, and the donor who ultimately saved his life.
Toby and Libby have since got married and moved from London back to the Suffolk countryside, where they now live with their dog Gadget. In August 2018, they welcomed their beautiful daughter Margot into the world.
'Without my donor, none of what we have now would have been possible.'
A Near Run Thing is released on 30 November 2018. You can listen to the song below and pre-order the album on the Future Present website.