Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust

Tracy Sollis attended Prince Henry's High School, Evesham, when at the age of 15 she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Tracy had led a healthy active life, enjoying horse riding, table tennis, playing tenor horn in the local brass band and representing her school in the hockey team as a much valued defender.

Tracy had been feeling unwell for sometime, before the diagnosis of leukaemia was made. The year was 1993 and Tracy's only way of overcoming the disease was to have a bone marrow transplant.

The odds of finding a suitable donor for Tracy were put at 50,000 to one, so you can imagine the excitement when a donor at last was found. Tracy underwent her transplant in August 1994 and it was then a waiting game to see if the transplant had succeeded.

It however became apparent that it had been rejected and after a brave fight, Tracy lost her battle on 21 February 1995.

Tracy had been a happy and very caring individual who had expressed extreme gratitude to the anonymous donor who had provided her with a chance of life. On hearing that her transplant had failed she immediately felt she had let her donor down.

Tracy's ability to always put others first made a huge impact on all she came into contact with. She was concerned about the other children on the leukaemia ward at Birmingham Children's Hospital where she was treated.

She was remembered to say, "We've got to stop this happening" and when asked in 1995 how she felt knowing that she had the disease, responded with, "It's helping me to help others".

Tracy Sollis