Luke Miles, a 35 year old horticulturist, landscapist, husband and father, was diagnosed with Leukaemia on 21st December 2010.
Luke Jason Miles began life on the 24th November 1976 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. As a young boy Luke and his brother Dougal were very fortunate to have grown up on a small holding just outside Port Elizabeth, where his love for indigenous trees and vegetation began. Luke’s father had a passion for nature and in particular indigenous trees, which is where Luke gained most of his knowledge. He was schooled at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth and later went on to study Horticulture at Natal Technikon.
After completing his degree Luke was offered a position with a top South African Landscaping Company, contracted to hotel groups around the world. Luke strived with the company and was posted to Mauritius, where he did exceptional work and contacts were made. A few years later he was offered a post in the Seychelles where he met his lovely wife, Yana. Luke was hooked, but this one took some time to land… but being a horticulturist, patience is something Luke was prepared for. A few years later there was an elated phone call to his brother Dougal saying “BOET, I THINK I HAVE MET MY WIFE!”. Soon after which, Luke brought Yana home to meet his family and proposed to her. Not only has Yana given Luke the cutest little addition to the Miles family, Anastasia; but she was a pillar of strength standing beside the hospital bed throughout his illness.
“Luke Miles is one of the gems in the landscape industry. He is dedicated, passionate, meticulous, and easily one of the most talented people we have had the pleasure to be associated with. He was the Landscape Project Manager for Constance Hotels & Resorts at Ephelia Resort in Seychelles for three dedicated years. His contract ended in July 2010, after which he returned to Port Elizabeth, South Africa to his wife Yana & baby daughter Stacy.” – EarthQuest Management Consultants.
It was not long after this that he was diagnosed with Leukaemia, and had to relocate to Cape Town to undergo chemotherapy treatment. Unfortunately Luke was currently unemployed; and his Medical Fund is limited and couldn’t cover all the costs.
Yana was staying with Luke’s relatives in Cape Town, whilst their daughter unfortunately had to stay in Port Elizabeth with Luke’s parents, as they don’t allow children into the sterile environment at the hospital. Yana spent her days at the hospital, playing Sudoku, Scrabble, and reading to Luke, some days he was so weak and just asked to be left to sleep. Yana took immense strain, with her husband suffering with Leukaemia, her daughter nowhere near, her parents in Russia, and the looming thoughts of debt building up. Luke couldn’t find a matching donor in time and sadly passed away on the 02 September 2011.
All you need to do to register to become a donor is call The Sunflower Fund Toll free number 0800 12 10 82 and donate 2 test tubes of your blood. Your details and test results will be placed on the South African Bone Marrow Registry. If you are lucky enough to be found as a perfect match for a patient, the process to donate your stem cells is much like a blood transfusion or donating platelets that could take between 4 – 6 hours.
That’s all it takes to potentially save a life. Help The Sunflower Fund build a state asset that could protect future generations whilst giving hope to current patients, like Luke who are suffering from leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders.
Share a Little, Save a Life. Call Toll free 0800 12 10 82 to register as a donor or visit our website for more information.