More donors needed – Andrew’s Story

At the age of 25, Andrew Gooch was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and a bone marrow transplant became his only chance of survival.

His life was in the hands of the transplant centre as they launched a worldwide search for the all-important donor with a matching tissue type.

Andrew was fortunate as a donor was found from the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

His bone marrow transplant took place at the University Hospital of Wales. As Andrew fought for his life, the family realised this stem cell transplant was his last hope in beating cancer.

His mum Sue recalls her feelings during this harrowing time “As I stared through the glass door of the isolation room, I realised the enormity of the kindness of another human being.”

Thankfully, Andrew survived and is back to living life to the full! He was given a second chance because an anonymous donor – someone like you – joined a registry with the intention of giving a patient hope and a chance of life.

In fact, Andrew was lucky; there are currently thousands of patients searching for a suitable match.

Blood donors already provide a vital service to patients who need blood, and by registering with the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry you could help even further.

So please, if you can help, enrol online today at or alternatively let us know the next time you visit a blood donation session.