I thank my lucky stars

Sean McCabe, 28, was diagnosed with non hodgkin lymphoma in June 2013. It was devastating for the father of three and his fiancée Lisa.

Sean McCabe, 28, was diagnosed with non hodgkin lymphoma in June 2013. It was devastating for the father of three and his fiancée Lisa.

Following many weeks of chemotherapy a routine scan showed he was clear. However within months Sean’s cancer returned and had become more aggressive. His family were with him when the doctor broke the news that he had a 20% chance of survival.

Sean considered planning his own funeral. Sean was referred for treatment at the Transplant Unit at the University Hospital for Wales. His only hope was to find a suitable donor and have a bone marrow transplant. He received a high dose of chemotherapy; while the chemotherapy might initially be effective, it would only be temporary for Sean. The clock was ticking and a worldwide search began to find a suitable donor.
Within weeks the family received the news, a donor had been found! Unknown to Sean, the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR), which is based only three miles from his home in Tonyrefail, had found the match!

As the donor was from overseas, the WBMDR worked with the registry and co-ordinated the ‘import’ of the cells. Sean received his transplant in February 2014.

Over many years the dedicated team at the WBMDR have worked in close collaboration and very successfully with the clinical team at the Transplant Unit at the University Hospital of Wales.

Sean added “I’m passionate about raising awareness, I made so many friends in hospital and not everyone survived. I thank my lucky stars everyday for being given a second chance”

Sean and fiancée Lisa plan to get married on 25th July and have been actively campaigning for Jessie J to sing at their wedding!

Congratulations!