Bride-to-be Kate Robertson launches a viral campaign to find a stem cell donor for cancer-stricken fiancé Mike Brandon

Viral campaign finds stem cell donor for cancer-stricken fiancé
Kate Robertson’s campaign has found a donor for her fiancé Mike Brandon (Picture: PA/Anthony Nolan)

A woman who had only 60 days to save the life of her fiancé has succeeded by finding him a vital stem cell donor.

Kate Robertson, 31, launched a desperate bid to find a matching donor for Mike Brandon, 29, after he was diagnosed with leukemia in March.

Kate, a physiotherapist from Bristol, was travelling in Burma when she received a call telling her that Mike had only two months to live.

Undated handout photo issued by Anthony Nolan of Mike Brandon, who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia,  with his fiance Kate Robertson as a matching donor has been found for the 29 year old from Bristol after Kate, along with friends and family of the couple , have been working with blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan to appeal for more stem cell donors to step forward and join the register, launching a viral social media appeal #Shake4mike which has been backed by thousands of friends, strangers and celebrities. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 22, 2014. See PA story HEALTH Donor. Photo credit should read: Anthony Nolan/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The couple are set to marry next summer (Picture: PA/Anthony Nolan)

She immediately flew home and started her #Shake4Mike campaign, which encouraged people to share pictures of themselves shaking their heads to show that they had joined the bone marrow register.

Less than a month after Kate launched the viral campaign, a donor has been found.

‘It’s been an incredibly difficult time so the relief we’re feeling is overwhelming,’ she said.

Anthony Nolan, the UK’s blood cancer charity and bone marrow register, said that the campaign has led to a 650% increase in people joining the register.

People aged 16 to 30 who are in good health can join the register online at

22 May 2014 | 10:07 am – Source:

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