Throughout the week a ‘Register and Be a Lifesaver volunteer’ will be delivering sessions at Confetti to talk about blood, organ and bone marrow donation. On Wednesday 18 January from 11am – 3pm in the Student Café an Anthony Nolan Trust representative will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. If you’re interested in blood and organ donation, you’ll be able to sign up for the register and start saving lives!
If you missed the presentations this week have a look at who Anthony Nolan Trust are and why you should sign up…
Who are Anthony Nolan?
Anthony Nolan is a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer by matching remarkable people willing to donate their bone marrow (or stem cells) to patients in desperate need of a transplant.
How does the Anthony Nolan register work?
People aged 16-30 can join the register. All you have to do is give a saliva sample, and they put them on their database. Then, each time someone needs a donor, they look through their database to find a suitable match.
Is there a matching donor for everyone who needs a stem cell transplant?
Since the launch of their register in 1974, there has been 15,000 stem cell transplants made possible. However, even with over half a million people on the register, Anthony Nolan urgently need to increase the size and diversity of potential donors.
Why do people need stem cell transplants?
A stem cell transplant can cure or improve the outcome for someone with blood cancer or blood disorder. In short, it can save their life. When a person has a blood cancer or blood disorder, their blood cells have stopped working in their normal way. That means they can’t do vital things like fight infection or carry oxygen.
A transplant of blood stem cells from a healthy person can replace and repair these damaged cells – and hopefully cure their disease.