A FUNDRAISER who survived leukaemia is due to meet the woman who saved his life.
Steve Mitchell pedalled from London to Paris last year to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research after he was diagnosed in 2008.
“It was a fabulous experience, it really was,” he said.
He is set to do it again, but this time with a twist.
Since he was given a bone marrow transplant, he has never known the identity of his donor, as donors and recipients are kept anonymous for five years after the donation.
However, he now knows her to be a 38-year-old woman from Norfolk, named Catherine Frost.
“Getting the email was quite big ,” he said.
“This mystery person that’s been out there for five years and all of a sudden I know her details.
“I almost didn’t know what to write in the first email.”
He is set to ride from London to Paris again in September, but this time he will travel to Norfolk first and meet Catherine, before cycling down to London to start the 350-mile race.
“I imagine the meeting in September will be extremely emotional,” he said. Afterwards, Catherine will head to Paris separately and meet him at the finish line.
Steve was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in October, 2008, and was admitted to hospital.
At the time his two children, Aaron and Elise, were aged eight and four.
His treatment involved chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in June, 2009, and he was told his survival chances were just 30 per cent.
However, after his transplant he returned home, but was still very weak and even sitting on a bike would have presented a difficulty. However, the transplant was a complete success and within nine months he was getting back on his bike.
Steve runs a bike shop in Selsey, Summit Bikes, in Hillfield Road.
To view his fundraising page, visit leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/people/steve-mitchell/norfolk-2-london-2-paris-0