Gavin needs your help to survive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and return home to his family
Gavin’s wife, Jennifer, is asking for your help: “Our lives have changed dramatically since Gavin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in February 2018. He’s been in hospital ever since, apart from a brief break at Easter when he was allowed home for a few days. It was such a gift to have the family together again. The reunion was short lived though and by the end of that week Gavin was having another round of chemo.
That’s what’s hardest on the girls, well, on all of us really, but it pains me to see them struggle too. How do you explain to a 12 and 14-year-old that the treatment they see causing their father so much pain is the very same thing keeping him alive and that it’s for the best until we find his matching blood stem cell donor?
His daughters, Natalie and Felicity, are very active and they both play netball. Their father would go with them to practices, matches and tournaments but all that’s changed since his diagnosis. Because of the treatment he can no longer attend. It’s been more than three months now and he is missed at the games – his empty seat has created a huge void. It’s hard for a girl to be away from her father during these formative years.
We urgently need to find Gavin’s matching blood stem cell donor for his best opportunity at a second chance of life and to restore our family.”
Gavin’s ideal donor is likely to be of mixed Irish and Chinese ancestry but may come from any background. It’s important that as many people as possible register to find a #Match4Gavin or someone like him.
Let’s do this!