Urgent appeal. In October 2017 19 -year-old Alex Haines was given the news he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (AML), a type of blood cancer.

Alex was treated in the Teenage and Young Adult unit at UCLH and had a pretty grim 11 months before moving on to his maintenance treatment in September 2018.

Alex’s Mother, Maya says “We thought he was through the worst but sadly we found out last month that his leukaemia is active again and he will need a stem cell transplant if he's to have a chance of a future. His brother & sister have been tested; sadly his sister is not a match and his brother is only a half match. His brother could possibly be a donor but a full match would give Alex significantly better prospects. At the moment he is back in treatment, having two cycles of Blinatumomab antibody therapy to try and get him back into remission. As you can imagine, we are completely devastated and hoping desperately that a good match can be found”.

Alex is 1/4 Indian and 3/4 white British so may need to rely on donors of mixed heritage.

Every single young person who signs up to the register has the potential to save a life – a very simple act with a profound impact.

To register if you live in the UK

If you’re 16-30, please join the register at www.anthonynolan.org

Aged 30+? Please, join DKMS register at: www.dkms.org.uk/en

Living out of the UK? No problem follow this link for a list of participating registries to find the appropriate contact details in your country: https://share.wmda.info/plugins/servlet/mobile#content/view/22808546