A blood cancer diagnosis can be life-changing, not just for the patient but for the family and friends who love them. Read their stories below.
Taylor Ngakoma Harper
For St. John Ambulance mechanic Taylor Ngakoma Harper, saving lives is a part of his every day life. So when he was approached about joining the bone marrow registry he didn't hesitate.
In a heartbeat
“There was no question about it, I was a match and the patient needed me. I said, ‘sign me up!’”, says Tom.
“I remember going to the gym and feeling tired but shrugged it off, until it got worse and worse”, says Pharoah
After spending more than half her life battling illness, Rachel Sharma now has dreams of helping others and is thankfully able to do so, thanks to the help of a complete stranger.
When Joseph Heke (Ngapuhi/Ngati Hineuru) started dating his girlfriend Melissa (Ngati Maniapoto) in 2007, it led him on a path to saving lives.
Three days before his first birthday, Ryan and Keri Found out that a bone marrow aspirate had determined that Chace had a rare strain of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).