Esha and Livia love dressing up as princesses, and dream of growing up to be queens one day.
For a while, that dream was taken away. As toddlers, both girls were diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). They were two of over 600 children in the UK diagnosed with blood cancer every year, the most common form of childhood cancer.
They went from enjoying their childhood –drawing, dancing, playing and pretending to be princesses – to spending most of their time on hospital wards, undergoing intensive treatment.
Livia and Esha needed blood stem cell transplants to survive. With both little girls having minority ethnic backgrounds, finding their matches wasn’t easy. Working with DKMS their families launched campaigns to register thousands more blood stem cell donors.
Luckily, they both found their lifesaving donations.
Now the girls are back to doing what they love best – playing at princesses – and can’t wait to grow up to be queens.
It cost £40 to register each potential lifesaver. Can you give a child with blood cancer the chance to dream of a future by donating now?