Kate & Mike on their wedding day and now

Battling to save your husband’s life once is terrifying. Having to do it twice in 2 years takes a warrior. That’s exactly how I’d describe Kate Brandon.

I haven’t seen Kate since we left school 15 years ago but I vividly remember her infectious energy. An energy which, even in the face of truly heart-breaking circumstances, is unrelenting as she fights to get her man the cancer treatment he desperately needs.

Here Kate tells Mike’s story and explains how we can help the #donate4mike campaign:

Though cancer is undoubtedly dominating this couple’s life. This awful disease must not be allowed to define Mike Brandon.

This list of random facts, compiled by his friends, paints a very clear picture of the Mike they know and love. A guy  who is clearly an utter legend:

  • Mike could give Mary Berry a run for her money with his new-found baking skills.

  • Mike used to be an MC in the ‘Punning Clan’ and has an extensive hip-hop collection.

  • However, he also owns ‘Justified’ by Justin Timberlake!

  • Mike’s dream car is a Volvo Estate- the older and more rectangular, the better.

  • Mike is a fantastic Uncle and is renowned for his lion’s roar.

  • Mike has THE best wedding dance moves – he married his wife, Kate, in June 2015 and despite being ill managed to participate passionately in a dance off.

  • Mike likes hot dogs with as much sauce as the hot dog. Ketchup, mayonnaise and American-style mustard squirted in trenches cut out of the hot dog bun. It’s an art but it pays off.

  • Mike can fit a week’s worth of washing-up into one dishwasher load. Skills.

  • Mike is a talented writer – Kate fell in love with his words as much as she did with him when they first met.

  • When Mike is clean-shaven he bears a striking resemblance to Screech from ‘Saved by the Bell’.

  • But add a cheeky tash and he transformed into Tom Selleck – who he loves (who doesn’t?!).

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    Mike and Tom. Or maybe it’s the other way around?!

  • Even though he was feeling rough Mike made it out to a friend’s 30th birthday a week before he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. LAD.

  • Mike loves all animals – he would give up his seat to a stray cat.

  • His love of animals reached new heights when, for his undergrad dissertation, he spent all day in the rain waiting for the sparrows to choose their favourite seed from smorgas board of seeds. (They’d give a first for anything these days!)

  • Mike’s third toes are the same size as his second, hence the nickname ‘2toes’.

  • Mike has lived in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Colombia and Hungary throughout his childhood. 

  • He has now settled in the exotic location of Bristol.

  • Mike believes you can’t pause toast. Toast waits for no man.

  • Mike put Cycle 22 of America’s Next Top Model on series link. Not-so-guilty-pleasure?

  • Mike still collects football stickers in his 30’s.

  • Mike has high standards for tea-making; he adds milk to tea with the tea bag still in. Always.

  • Mike was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in 2014; despite over 20 biopsies, 3 courses of chemo and multiple stem cell transplants his fight continues.

  • Mike needs to raise over £400,000 to travel to America for a new cancer treatment trial.

  • Mike has the biggest, kindest heart and despite his current plight is always thinking of others. Please share the love and support him and Kate through spreading word of the fundraising campaign and donating to their cause if you can.

What now? Please make a donation hereIf everyone contributes a couple of pounds we can get Mike to America.

Don’t stop there. Share this list. Tell the world what a pair of great humans Kate and Mike are. And change your social media accounts pink with this:




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