When Mark and Sarah fell in love in February 2003 it seemed
like a fairytale ending was on the cards. Both born to English mothers
and Jamaican fathers they had much in common. They each shared a love
for working with young people and each had chosen to become a teacher.
The relationship blossomed. Mark proposed
during Christmas 2003 and the pair became officially engaged on Sarah's
birthday the following January.
In May of the same year they had a party early to celebrate Mark's birthday,
the wedding was planned and organised for July, the dresses had been
bought and the couple were excited and looking forward to the wonderful
The day following the party Sarah complained of feeling unwell and was
and was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). After several sessions
of Chemotherapy Sarah went into remission and completed her treatment
in November 2005.
The couple were obviously delighted and in March
2005 were married. Sarah went back to work in April and things seemed
to be getting back to normal.
Then in December 2005 just three days before Christmas the couple were
told that the cancer had returned
and that treatment would begin again before the new-year.
Sarah and Mark decided to grasp every last moment
of health and freedom and escaped for five wonderful days in Tenerife
and on their return Sarah went into hospital to begin chemotherapy in
the first week of January 2006.
The very powerful combination of drugs they are using to treat Sarah leave
her with no immune system, making very minor infections life threatening.
The couple have been told Sarah will need a bone marrow transplant in order
to make a full and sustainable recovery.
Unable to find a match for Sarah in their family Mark and Sarah and have
now launched an appeal called like2like to try and find a suitable bone
Sarah's husband mark said, 'Living in one of the most culturally and racially
diverse and integrated cities in the world means that I know one thing
for certain. There is someone out there in London tonight who is a tissue
type match with Sarah. All we have to is convince them to come forward
and join the register and the doctors will do the rest.'
Intermix.org.uk are keen to help find a match for Sarah and are urging
all our members to register as a bone marrow donor. If you are unsure of
how to register click here
to visit our help page. Even if you can't help
Sarah you may be able to help save someone else's life. It's not everyday
you get the chance to save someone's life.