This is my brother Pete McCleave. 41 years old. Husband to Jenny and dad to two boys; Max, 9 and Seb, 6. Ironman tri-athlete, rugby coach and fan of savoury snacks.
Pete has been given 7 years to live having been diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer; Myeloma.
Myeloma has left his immune system compromised. Stem cells can be used to fix this. Pete's don’t work, but yours might. He needs someone who is a genetic match to donate some of his or her stem cells, which can be transplanted into his blood. Unfortunately I am not a match, however you could be.
There are approximately 30 million people on the stem cell register globally. None are a match for Pete or thousands of other people like him. In Australia alone, only 0.4% of the population are signed up to donate stem cells. This is actually great news as it gives so many of us hope that if enough people can be engaged in this campaign, a match is absolutely out there.
It’s simply a numbers game.
I'm Pete's brother Tim. I've called Sydney, Australia home for the last 8 years. I need to find a stem cell match to save my brothers life, and the 900,000 people diagnosed with blood cancer every year.
If you're 18 - 45, you can get on the stem cell register in 3 simple steps, and if you're a match, you could save Pete, or someone else struggling with blood cancer.
We want to make stem cells as available to us all as Asprin.
cells don’t work, but yours might."