Young men make up only 15% of our register, but they provide 54% of all donations. You too can help!
Student Daniel giving Stem Cells
Aimee Read (age 24) from Edenfield, Ramsbottom Lancashire needs your help to find a donor.
They thought their dreams had come true when Aimee, then 21, got pregnant. She says: I’d thought I wouldn’t be able to have children because of all the cancer treatment. We were shocked but thrilled.
Sadly, at 22 weeks, complications meant she lost baby Hope. Two years later Aimee became pregnant again. When she went for her 20-week scan, the baby had no heartbeat. Aimee had to go through labour knowing Charlie would be stillborn.
Fighting back tears she says, I didn’t think I could go through it again. People think it is just a miscarriage, but it is heart-breaking giving birth to your children in those circumstances.
Months after Charlie’s birth Aimee began to feel unwell.
Tests revealed she had PNH – paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria – a life-threatening blood disease where the body’s cells are attacked by the immune system, affecting just five in a million people.
Aimee’s stem cells are no longer those of her donor, and she has myelodysplasia, where her bone marrow is failing to produce enough blood cells.
Aimee says, All I’ve ever wanted is to be a mum and have children. They said the blood transplant is urgent because of the risk of the leukaemia returning.
But before any of that can happen, she needs to find a donor. Mum Wendy says: Last time it was just a waiting game, and the campaign kept us positive and focused.This time a relapse of leukaemia will mean Aimee is terminally ill, which is petrifying.
We’re hoping someone gives her a final chance of life and hopefully a cure. Aimee is very frightened of dying. We’re desperate for people to come forward..
Aimee Read from Ramsbottom, near Bury is searching for a Stem Cell Donor. Read her story here and how you can help.
People like Aimee are waiting to hear from the Anthony Nolan organisation, who search their database to find a match. Since they haven't a current match for Aimee registered, they are appealing for more donors to register, especially males, between the ages of 16 and 30. Click on the link below to learn more how Anthony Nolan are helping people like Aimee.
Mum Wendy started a massive awareness campaign, and just before Christmas 1997 a match was found. After surgery Aimee spent five weeks in hospital isolation followed by six months in semi-isolation at home. She recalls: “Losing my hair was a big deal, as was being in isolation. I remember being sad that I couldn’t play with my little brother.”
Her recovery was given a boost by a surprise visit by David and Victoria Beckham. She went from strength to strength, returned to school and at the age of 10 was given the all-clear from cancer.
'I’m scared. I’ll have to have chemo and radiotherapy and be in isolation again. I got bullied at school because I had to wear a wig. I know I will lose my hair again'. Aimee.
Student Daniel - Stem Cell Donor - A few months ago, I stayed up all night working on my final university assignment. At 10 am the next morning, while I was at the printers, I got a call from Anthony Nolan, saying I was a potential match for a patient with blood cancer. In a second, the stress and tiredness from my deadline felt insignificant. I was, potentially, someone’s best chance of survival. Following some simple medical tests and a 4-day course of injections, yesterday I had the privilege of donating my stem cells. The process is PAINLESS (and that's coming from someone who hates needles!). You may feel a bit achy or flu-y during the injections and procedure, but you'll get over it, and it's really no big deal. Young men make up only 15% of the register, but provide 51% of all donations. Anthony Nolan desperately need more young men on the register as well as people from ethnic minorities (like me), since these are often hardest to find a match for.
So if you’re between 16-30, click on this link and sign up NOW. You could be someone's only hope for a second chance of life.
Aimee received a visit from David and Victoria Beckham
But months after her 13th birthday, she was diagnosed with myelitis – a -neurological disorder where the brain and spinal chord swell, causing paralysis.
Doctors said if Aimee did survive she could be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She says: “I was devastated. I just had to believe in myself. At first I had -hydrotherapy and physio. Then I started walking with a frame, then crutches.
“When my friends were going to teenage parties I was learning to walk. But it was worth it when I could walk independently.”
Aimee’s fighting spirit pulled her through once more and after three-months she took her first faltering steps.
“They could be saving my or someone else’s life,” says Aimee, 24. “I’m so grateful to every person who volunteers to do the test. It is a rare, heart-breaking situation to be in. But if anyone can cope it is Aimee. She is tough – she has had to be. Aimee, of Edenfield, Lancashire, was two years old when parents Mark and Wendy noticed she was lethargic, had lost her appetite and started to bruise. Tests revealed she had leukaemia. Despite the devastating news, the family remained positive that Aimee would beat the disease. After two years of chemotherapy at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, she seemed to be winning the fight, her hair grew back and she started primary school. Six months later, the cancer returned. Her only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant. None of her family members were a match, and the Anthony Nolan Trust, which keeps a worldwide record of donors, could not find a match.
Aimee Read from Ramsbottom was just four years old and suffering from leukaemia when her plight touched the nation and she received a bone marrow transplant, now she needs help again in 2017.
Aimee must hope that a stranger can save her life as her bone marrow is failing and she is at risk of the leukaemia returning.
She needs another life-saving transplant and is once again appealing for people to be tested to see if they are a match.
Here's how you can help