University Marrow societies recruit over 11,000 to Stem Cell Register in one year
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University students in the UK have successfully recruited almost 12,000 people to the stem cell register this academic year. Students that are a part of Marrow societies, now present in 55 UK universities, have acted as a catalyst to spur people to do what they can to save another’s life - leading to amazing results. In 2017-2018 academic year alone, Marrow has recruited 11,917 students to the stem cell register. In addition, they have helped raised £160,000 to fund the charity’s research initiatives. On university campuses, Marrow societies run recruitment drives, hold fundraising events, and spread the word to raise awareness about stem cell donations - and clearly, their efforts are paying off. Charlotte Cunliffe, Marrow Programme Lead at Anthony Nolan, says: “Our Marrow volunteers really are the unsung heroes, helping Anthony Nolan give hope to patients with blood cancer and, as the numbers show, it’s been an amazing, lifesaving year!” After collecting registrations, marrow society members hand the names to Anthony Nolan and the charity aims to find matches for blood cancer and blood disorder patients that are in need of stem cell transplants. Anthony Nolan, previously known as Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Register, was founded in 1974 by Shirley Nolan after her son was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. Unfortunately, Anthony was not able to find a bone marrow match and died in 1979.
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