The search is on to find Alex’s lifesaver – could this be you?

I was scrolling through Twitter recently when I came across a post about a West Ham fan called Alex who is searching for someone to save his life.

With Isla Caton’s passing still fresh in my mind, I wanted to read more about Alex’s journey and dedicate my column this month to his fight for life.

He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 18 years old, and he’s had several rounds of chemotherapy which weren’t able to put the lymphoma into remission.

Alex also had his own stem cells harvested, which failed. His mum was a 50% match so he went through another transplant but relapsed again. 

After this, treatment using a trial drug put him in intensive care, from which he had a very long and slow recovery. 

After a year without any signs of Hodgkin lymphoma, in September 2021, Alex was given the news he had relapsed again.

When he has been well enough, Alex, who is now 24, enjoys watching his beloved West Ham. 

What I didn’t realise was that just one in four people with blood cancer – and in need of a transplant – will find a matching donor within their family.

Some 75% of people rely on a stranger to register and this is Alex’s only chance of survival.

Alex’s search is even more difficult due to his Greek-English heritage. 

Could you be his perfect match? I can’t think of anything kinder than giving a complete stranger, like Alex, the possibility of a second chance of life. 

Alex too is appealing for more people, especially people from mixed backgrounds, to join the blood stem cell register

If you’re between the ages of 17 and 55 and in general good health, request a swab kit at www.dkms.org.uk/register-now  

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