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    Weʼve raised £4,754 to support young mother, Ruby Cruz, and her family as she recovers from a stem cell transplant.

    Funded on Thursday, 28th June 2018

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    Could you please help us support a young mother and family during her long recovery from cancer?

    Ruby Cruz is the mother of two beautiful young children and the wife of Sam. In October 2016, she went to the GP to investigate a worrying lump and was very quickly fighting for her life.

    Ruby was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lympho-Leukaemia, a complex form of blood cancer, and she needed a stem cell transplant to save her life. Her Latin American heritage made this very hard - people with non-Northern-European heritage have only a 20% chance of finding a non-related donor. After an exhaustive search, her life saver was found in Brazil and the transplant took place this summer.

    But transplant is far from the end of the story - Ruby has been in and out of hospital throughout this time. This means she’s been separated from her beautiful kids and husband over and over. After a series of mystery fevers, she’s also been diagnosed with Graft versus Host disease in her gut. Over half of unrelated-donor recipients get this - so she’s started on steroids and is hopeful for the future.

    The biggest stress for her at the moment is worry about how the family will deal with finances. Ruby’s sick pay will end in January and they’re concerned. Sam is working but they have a mortgage and bills to pay. Ruby and Sam have had fantastic support from her mother - who came all the way from Australia to help them. Being here rather than in Oz has meant she has lost her pension and she has no income in the UK though she still has to pay her mortgage there. Her practical and emotional support has been priceless, especially with the children, but the family now have to find a way to help her to be able to stay.

    This lovely and loving family really need our help to enable Ruby to focus on her recovery in the next few months. Please consider donating a little to help support them.

    If you can't give money at this time then please consider donating blood through the NHS at, supporting Anthony Nolan's Who Cares campaign which aims to improve aftercare for stem cell transplant paitents ( or indeed signing up to be a potential life saver yourself at It also really helps us if you share this page to encourage others to help if they can.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!



    • Team Ruby3 years ago
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      Team Ruby

      3 years ago

      We’re overwhelmed by the kindness (often of strangers) in wanting to support Ruby’s recovery. We’ve still a way to go though so please keep sharing. Every penny counts. And the message to register as a donor is more important than ever. You can sign up in less than 5 minutes via

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      3 years ago
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    • Team Ruby3 years ago
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      3 years ago

      A message from Ruby - Much fuller version at "Sam and I still can't quite believe, and can't help feeling unworthy about, what is happening with the Just Giving page at the moment. The immense relief and help this will bring to ease one of our biggest worries (keeping my mum here in the U.K. for as long as possible) is massive. Again, I can't stress how grateful we are for the support and generosity we are seeing through this wonderful initiative. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!"

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    Page last updated on: 3/9/2018 09.06



    • Lynda Boyle

      Lynda Boyle

      Mar 9, 2018

      Love to all the family, thinking of you.

    • Averil Watan

      Averil Watan

      Mar 5, 2018

    • Lee Schwartz

      Lee Schwartz

      Feb 26, 2018

      Wishing you a complete recovery from Heidi's mum.


    • Heidi Gerton

      Heidi Gerton

      Feb 26, 2018

      Dearest Ruby, With lots of love and healing wishes. AlwaysHeidi x


    • Rebecca Mitchell

      Rebecca Mitchell

      Feb 26, 2018

      Thinking of you, Ruby! x


    • Anonymous


      Feb 20, 2018

    • Elizabeth Teed

      Elizabeth Teed

      Dec 22, 2017

      Happy Christmas Ruby. love Elizabeth


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    As friends of Ruby, we got involved in January this year to help her find a stem cell donor. The campaign educated us all about the need to diversify the register and we continue to run donor drives and encourage those who aren’t already registered to sign up.

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