On Sunday 19th August it was announced by Vaughn himself on FB that a match has been found. Vaughn will receive donated stem cells in 2 weeks time. Yay!

Further details will follow.

Below was the appeal ACLT put on on Vaughn’s behalf..

Could you be a potentially lifesaving match for Vaughn? He is urgently seeking a blood stem cell donor who can help him beat leukaemia so he gets back to his family and sees his children, 1-year-old Remi and 4-year-old Brienne, grow up.

Vaughn said:

“I was diagnosed in March with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) after falling unwell with chest pains, I was told I needed to start treatment ASAP and began chemotherapy 7 days later

It has been a whirlwind ever since. With my family being in Bristol and myself in Birmingham until recently, the strain on us all has been immense.

I’m currently completing phase 2 of my chemotherapy in Bristol and have been told I need a blood stem cell transplant. Whilst the doctors are searching the worldwide database there currently isn’t a match for me, so we are desperately urging people from all backgrounds, including the black community, to come forward and register to as potential blood stem cell donors!”

Vaughn is a very social, happy-go-lucky guy who lives in a little seaside town with his fiancé, Jade, and their two young children, when not sailing around the world in the Navy.

He misses his previous life, family days out, playing games with his family and relaxing in the garden. His biggest dream is to return to his family, support them and see his children grow up.

Could you be the amazing person that could help make his dream come through and give him a second chance of life, or to someone else in his situation?

Register as a potential blood stem cell donor and encourage your friends to join the registry too.

If you’ve previously registered there’s no need to re-register but please don’t forget to return your swabs to Anthony Nolan or DKMS if you haven’t done it so you can be added to the registry.

Help find a match for Vaughn and others in need by getting involved with #FindaDonorForJules.

Words from DKMS