Hope for Terry

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Terry's story

We would like to thank everyone who attended our donor registration event in Needingworth alongside Terry's family and friends. We registered a total of 125 potential lifesavers!

Terry is a much-loved dad of two and grandfather of three. Tragically, he has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and needs a stem cell transplant to give him a second chance at life.

33-year-old Jess from Cambridgeshire is his daughter who is desperate to keep her family together. Her dad, Terry, is in a race against time to find a suitable donor.


Jess explains: “My dad tested positive for Covid in November. But he was getting worse and worse – he couldn’t sit up or walk and his symptoms weren’t improving. I persuaded his GP to send him to the hospital, and within a few hours of being in A&E, we heard the devastating news – he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.”

“Unfortunately, chemotherapy won’t be enough to save him. In order to survive, my dad needs a stem cell transplant. Tragically, there is currently no match for him on the stem cell register.”

“I felt devastated and desperate hearing that. Dad is being really brave, keeping positive and fighting as hard as he can. But there’s only so much he can do now. It’s up to someone else to come and save him and he needs that help really quickly.”

Dreams on hold

She continues: “Terry is the best dad in the world. He is normally a fit, healthy and fun dad and grandad who is always busy travelling, painting, and spending time with family and friends. He has been training as an artist which is his lifelong ambition and has in recent years come to fruition. Sadly, this has been put on hold while he receives treatment.”

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Each new potential donor costs us £40 to register. You can help cover our costs by making a gift today

How you can help

“Please consider joining the register, it is quick and easy and you have the power to save someone’s life and to give a life to someone who means so much to their loved ones means the absolute world.

What better gift to give than the gift of life. I can’t think of a better new year’s resolution."

Every 14 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer or disorder. You could be their lifesaver if you’re aged 17-55 and in generally good health.

Please sign up to be a stem cell donor. Not just for Terry but for millions around the world who need a stem cell transplant.

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