Harry's Story

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Harry Avis, from Mortenhampstead in Devon, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2007 whilst studying at college. He is a keen musician and plays the guitar and sings. He attended a donor dinner awards in October 2007 and sang 'All you need is love' by The Beatles changed to 'All you need is blood' to the donors attending the awards as a way of saying thank you.

He said "When I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, I had no idea what the treatment would entail. To be honest, I didn't even know what it was and I wasn't particularly worried. To me, someone who could hardly lay claim to even setting foot in hospital, not least because in our family we didn't believe in headaches, but I'd never had surgery - when I asked my doctor what he could do for a sprained ankle he said "limp!"."

"Hospital gave me a lot of time to think, especially when having blood transfusions, because they take hours and I had a lot of them."

"You develop a strange relationship with a bag of blood."

"Although that bag of blood is anonymous, it's just as important as all the doctors, nurses and surgeons in enabling people to get back to life and doing things."

Harry is currently on maintenance and doing everything he loves.

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