To all 16-55 year old healthy people in the UK:
Can you imagine searching for the one person in the world who could save your life?
This is the reality for many MDS sufferers who are desperately searching for a lifesaving bone marrow donor.
This is why we need as many people as possible to join the bone marrow registers in the UK:
Aged between 16-30 ? Anthony Nolan – Donate stem cells
Aged 18-55 ? Delete Blood Cancer – Donate Stem Cells
Or – if you are a regular blood donor – do mention you’d also like to donate stem cells.It is that easy!
Or here is another way to put it:
All it takes to join the register is a bit of spit or a swab.
Your stem cells may not be a match for your relatives or friends – but they could end up saving the lives of someone facing a desperate situation anywhere in the world.
If you are called to donate, there are two simple and easy ways to give stem cells.
One method takes just 3 – 4 hours and is not dissimilar to giving blood. If a patient needs a bone marrow transplant then the consultant will be checking the worldwide registers for a suitable match. However, it’s important to encourage family and friends to join!
A few stories of MDS patients:
Anthony Nolan – Cord-blood-donors – Sara-Mhlanga
Delete Blood Cancer UK – Personal Stories:
Including Sharon Berger – our treasurer.
Read more on her campaign, #Spit4Mum :
MDS UK – Sharon Berger BMT Update
MDS UK – Search for a stem cell donor – Sharon Berger
A few statistics:
- 70 percent of those needing a BMT using donor marrow are unable to have one because a suitable bone marrow donor cannot be found
- There’s a 30-35 percent chance that a patient’s sibling will be a suitable donor
If you want to know more about stem cells: