When faced with incredible odds, some people buckle. But not England's Kate Robertson. She rose to the challenge when her fiancé, Mike Brandon, was diagnosed with leukemia and given two months to live. Without a bone marrow donor, Mike would have succumbed to his illness. But there is hope on the horizon, and it's all thanks to Kate.
After receiving the terrible news, Kate (who was on the other side of the world, getting ready to backpack through Asia) rushed home to Mike and began a nationwide search for a donor. Unfortunately, none of Mike's three brothers were viable donors, so Kate and Mike turned to Anthony Nolan, a UK cancer charity. Kate's search finally turned up a viable donor, and the couple is cautiously optimistic about their future.
But Kate's nationwide search had an astounding ripple effect, reaching far beyond the couple. According to Anthony Nolan, the bone marrow register has seen a whopping 650% increase in applicants. Kate said of their efforts, "Knowing that there is so much support out there and to be able to visibly see the results of what we are trying to achieve has lifted everyone's spirits."
Mike is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and will receive the transplant when the course is complete.
This is a truly incredible story, and it touched out hearts. Their love for each other kept the couple strong, and we wish them all the best in the days and months to come as Mike battles his illness.