A 25-year-old who is blogging about being diagnosed with blood cancer has received more than 2,774 donations in just over a week through his JustGiving page. He is raising money for for Anthony Nolan.
John Underwood launched his page last Monday, the same time that he started his first session of chemotherapy.
When donations began to exceed £50,000, Underwood wrote: “GOOD GRIEF, fifty thousand pounds! And my first round of chemo still has four hours to go. Thank you – more than two thousand of you now – for your genuinely awe-inspiring generosity. Wasn’t expecting this to be the best week of my life, but it’s a funny old world.”
The writer is being supported by Ella Risbridger, his girlfriend who is also a blogger.
Catherine Miles, director of fundraising at Anthony Nolan, said: “It’s truly amazing to see the global impact that John and Ella’s story is having, with touching messages and donations coming from every corner of the globe. Each time John reaches his amazing target, he sets the bar even higher and inspires even more people to help him reach those goals.
Founded in 1974, Anthony Nolan “match incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants”.
The charity is currently running the campaign #IGiveASpit, designed to “tell the world how they can give a spit sample to join the stem cell register and be in with the chance of saving someone’s life”.
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