Read Kelly’s story
Kelly Coombes, a 28-year-old mother from Caerphilly, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.
Following two rounds of chemotherapy to help moderate the illness, Kelly’s best chance of survival was finding a suitable bone marrow donor for a lifesaving stem cell transplant.
After months of treatment, Kelly received the news that a bone marrow match had been found.
Speaking of that moment, Kelly said: “All of a sudden when everything is really horrible, you get a little bit of hope, and you feel empowered. It gives you an extra reason to fight.”
Thankfully, a bone marrow transplant cured Kelly’s illness. Since receiving the lifesaving donation, Kelly has been able to do most things she could have wished for and more.
Kelly was able to marry her long-term partner and was present to take her young daughter to her first day of school – life events she feared she would miss before her lifesaving donor was found.
After years of trying to find the right words to thank her donor, Kelly wrote a heartfelt poem to express her gratitude for the lifesaving donation.
Kelly added: “Four weeks after I had my transplant, I was able to see my daughter. I just can’t explain that day. Because of my donor, I will get to see her grow up.
“If you sign up to join the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry, you could be giving someone else that hope that things can be okay again.”