Sonia...and me 

We met at art college in 1992. I was still a teenager. We loved the same music. We DJed and made music together. We travelled the world, had adventures, bought a house, got kittens and tried to start a family. She was my best friend, my soul mate and, literally, 'other half'.

Sonia started to feel ill, it got worse. Sonia was diagnosed with Leukaemia a year to the day after her mother had died from Leukaemia. The next day she started chemotherapy. Sonia fought hard and could always find a smile and make us laugh. Sonia had radiotherapy. After a global search, and against the odds, a stem cell donor was found. Sonia had a stem cell transplant. She suffered from complications following the transplant.

Sonia died in my arms on 3rd July 2013, surrounded by family and friends. She was awesome!

The charities I'm fundraising for...r...

Anthony Nolan matches incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants.

They educate young people about the lifesaving difference they can make by joining our register.

They conduct groundbreaking research to improve the success rates of transplants and improve the lives of all people with blood cancer.

 

Anthnoy Nolan are there with support, advice and information for people with blood cancer and their families. 

ACLT was co-founded by Beverley De-Gale OBE and Orin Lewis OBE in 1996, after their 6 year old son had been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Daniel’s only hope of survival was to receive a bone marrow transplant; Daniel’s donor could only be found from the black or mixed race population of which 550 were registered. 

Daniel found a donor and survived leukaemia, living for several more years but on the 8th of October 2008 he died.

The ACLT continue with their life saving work of spreading awareness surrounding bone marrow, blood and organ donation with ethnic minorities ACLT have increased the number of African, Caribbean and mixed race potential donors from 550 to 50,000 and saved over 50 individual's lives.

Bpositive was borne out of one Acute Leukaemia patient's struggle to find a suitable outlet for his own questions needing answers; whose world, and the worlds of those closest to him were changed forever. 

Patients diagnosed with acute leukaemia can often feel isolated and lonely and want to reach out and talk to someone, who, through their own experience, knows exactly what it is like to walk in their shoes, someone who has been where they, themselves, are now.

Bpositive is a beacon of moral support for acute leukaemia patients, their families and their friends; a network of people who understand, and are there to offer them support in any way they can. 

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