11-year-old Evie, from Surrey, diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukaemia

11-year-old Evie, from Surrey, diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukaemia

11-year-old Evie, from Surrey, was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2014. After an intensive round of chemotherapy, which lasted several months, Evie went into remission. Sadly, in June 2015 Evie’s leukaemia returned and she was also diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome.

In November 2015, Evie received a blood stem cell donation to try and save her life but doctors confirmed that Evie would need a second blood stem cell donation within months for her best chance of survival.

Evie's mum, Nicki, said: “As a mum, when your child isn’t well, we are supposed to kiss it better for them. Not being able to do that is the hardest thing in the world, the feeling of helplessness is huge, it’s heartbreaking. 

The realisation that your child’s life rests in the hands of a stranger is very difficult. I have had to accept that I can care for and love Evie with all my heart but only a stranger can save her life and give her hope of a future, give her a chance of growing up and becoming a woman. 

What better gift is there to give? A gift of hope, a gift of life, it doesn’t get bigger than that. Imagine the feeling knowing that by donating your blood stem cells YOU have given someone hope of a future.” 

We’re so excited to announce that Evie found her match and will be given her second chance of life in December 2017. Good luck Evie!

A big thank you goes out to everyone who got involved with Evie’s appeal and registered as a potential blood stem cell donor.

Please keep raising awareness and registering as potential donors so we can help more people get a second chance of life.