I'm 43 years old, (was 39 when life went somewhat awry) with no history of illness, Ironman finisher who has been diagnosed with myeloma. Did not see this coming. This blog summarises my journey from unexpected diagnosis through the treatment path. My aim is to use myeloma as a catalyst for living a better, more fulfilling life and documenting the changes I am making in all aspects of my family and work commitments.

My Boy

It has been said in the past, (probably justifiably so) that I can on occasion be a little un-emotive.

When I read this in our local magazine I can promise you that my reaction was far removed from my default setting.

I could not be prouder of both my kids but today, Max in particular has knocked me for six.

I hate the fact that he has had to be exposed to this. Clearly his understanding of my situation is much greater than I appreciated.

But the below article is his way of approaching it.

A proactive chip off the proverbial.



My Dad Pete needs help!

My name is Maxwell McCleave I go to Bunbury school and my class is Y4 and my age is 8. My brother is called Seb and he goes to the same school as me he is in Y1 and his age is 5.

My Dad has myeloma, which is a blood cancer that I really don’t want him to have. You can help Pete my dad beat his blood cancer by registering to be on the Stem Cell Donor list.

To find himself a donor my daddy has started a campaign I would like to tell you about.

It is called 10000donors.com he is trying to get as many donors on the list as he can which I hope one day will be a match for him, but also for many many others.

The picture that I have just drawn, is about the stem cells. So the blue small things are the stem cells and the red is the blood. The stem cells are found in your blood if you didn’t know. The blood is put into a machine which is called a dialysis machine. The machine takes all of your stem cells out of your blood which they put into a pot to be cleaned and put into a the person who has cancer.

This is me with my daddy when he was first poorly. I liked his bald head as me and my brother thought he looked like Jonjo Shelvey!!!!

Thank you for reading my article I hope you will help me and my daddy’s campaign.

Love from Maxwell McCleave.

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  1. Margaret Walker 1st February 2019

    I can’t find words that go deep enough to convey how Max’s simple article affected me. He has said it ALL in just a few lines – what impact!! All my love.

    Aunty Margy xx

  2. JIM & SHEILA 1st February 2019

    Good Boy Maxwell…..
    What a star.
    A great article and most touching.
    The Smarties

  3. Dave Richardson 1st February 2019

    Our children are more understanding than we can ever know and as such we need to treat them with the same understanding.
    Max is very obviously in his “dad’s corner and his words are just beautiful,
    Dave R

  4. June McCleave 1st February 2019

    You are so right Dave. I never fail to be amazed by the strength and perception of young people in dealing with challenging situations. Our little Max is no exception. What a wonderful account of his feelings, just beautiful. After reading his Daddy’s blogs, you can see where he gets his talent from. Well done Max. Lots of love Grandma and Grandpa xxxxx

  5. Angela Smith 1st February 2019

    Very well done Max. Xx

  6. Brenda 1st February 2019

    Max’s article is very moving and touching. Get’s straight too the heart especially when this young boy is only 8. I think Max understands only too well the challenging situation his Daddy is in. Pete, with this understanding of your Donor needs I am sure that so many other people would perhaps be helpful and be added to the donor list if they perhaps saw this touching article.

  7. Roger Fagan 16th February 2019

    You got me Max
    I’m signing up BECAUSE you put the message out there.
    Tough journey – stay strong.
    Roger F

  8. Debbie McGregor 19th February 2019

    Well done Max. I have signed up because I saw you on breakfast TV. Amazing, heartfelt letter, amazing little boy. Well done.
    Debbie Mc

  9. Harkamal Ubhi 27th April 2019

    Well done to little Max. What a lovely and touching story. You have an amazing family Peter who will be your added strength. Your determination and enthusiasm is so inspiring and gives others like us even more drive to carry on doing what we do. Stay strong brother!

  10. Emma wheeler 28th May 2019

    I will help you can see if u am a match I will give my stem cells please get in touch with me

  11. Abi Webb 21st June 2020

    So touched by your family’s bravery. Children are far more insightful than we give them credit for, they have a clarity that sometimes as adults we lose. I saw the BBC news article and I’m signed up awaiting my swab kit. I wish you and your family all the very best.

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