Andy J
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10 years post transplant: A time for celebration and a time to show solidarity

Andy J
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14 May 2014

Ten years ago I had my life-saving bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. There have been many ups and downs since that day but overall I've been incredibly fortunate and it's been a fantastic 10 years in which I've been able to see and do some extraordinary things like watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat whilst travelling through South East Asia and running from John O'Groats to Lands End.

Today is a cause for celebration - and I have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for - but it's also a time for reflection me. Reflection on what I went through and how fortunate I am to still be here. It seems like a life time ago yet for thousands of people in the UK is an everyday reality.

To show my respect for those currently undergoing treatment and remember those that didn't make it through theirs during my time in hospital, I decided to shave my head and raise money for the charity.

At time of writing, I've raised £430 from the head shave which will go directly towards funding the life-saving research that saved my life.

A huge thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far and helped me raise money to show your support for blood cancer patients and help give others the same second chance at life that I've been given. A special mention must also go to the guys at Hairform Studio in Holborn who did a fantastic job and kindly waived their fee in favour of me making a donation for the amount it would have cost.

Andy has agreed to shave other body parts if he raises more money. Visit his 30 before 30 fundraising page to make a donation to help us in the fight against blood cancer.


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