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. We need as many people as possible aged between 18-30 to join The Anthony Nolan bone marrow register.
Or here is another way to put it:
All it takes to join the register is a bit of spit. They may or may not be a match for you, but they could go on to help save the life of someone facing a similar situation anywhere in the world. If they’re 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 you need a bone marrow transplant then your consultant will be checking the worldwide registers for a suitable match. However, it’s important to encourage your family and friends to join!
To find out how they could register & be a lifesaver today, please visit www.anthonynolan.org.
Read the incredible story of Kevin Bales, the drummer from a well known band, whose life was saved by the kindness of another: Kev’s Story.
Read the story of Rebecca Shepheard.
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: