Tony was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia at the age of 21
I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia (ALL) in 1990 at the age of 21. I had been feeling unwell for a few months but kept passing it off as flu until I collapsed playing football and was rushed to hospital. Within days it was confirmed I had ALL and went straight into treatment at Belfast City Hospital.
I underwent aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy to prepare me for a bone marrow transplant in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. I am so grateful for the work the Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI does, without them and the research that they support I possibly may not be here today.
Tony has been in remission for over 20 years and is now the second-longest living bone marrow transplant in Northern Ireland.
Tony is a semi-professional footballer, has run two marathons and regularly participates in the British and World Transplant Games. After being told he may never have children Tony’s wife has just given birth to their second daughter.