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The Anthony Nolan Trust - Taking Lives Back from Leukaemia

30 Jan 2007

Register as a bone marrow donor on 7 February and you could save a life

The Story of Simon Pretty from Manchester Metropolitan University

The Anthony Nolan Trust was founded almost 30 years ago but has since grown to manage the world's first and one of the largest fully independent registers of potential marrow donors/blood stem cell donors.

The Trust was founded by Shirley Nolan in an attempt to save the life of her son Anthony, who was born suffering from an immune deficiency disease. Sadly he died five years later, without a match being a found. There are now well over quarter of a million volunteer donors on the register and The Trust receives over 7,000 patient search requests each year from transplant centres worldwide.

One of these patients is Simon Pretty, a Doctoral Researcher from Manchester Metropolitan University. Simon was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia  in  July  2004.  Although Simon has been in good health for the last two years, tests have now shown that this situation is changing and he needs a bone marrow transplant to ensure his survival. Simon explains, "I am presently undergoing further treatment and the search for a bone marrow match on the Anthony Nolan Register is currently taking place. There is no guarantee that this search will be successful as there may not be anybody on the register who has the same tissue type as me. This is why I am appealing for others to join the Anthony Nolan register.  It just takes one person with the same tissue type as mine to join the register to save my life. And if they are not the correct match for me, they may help to save someone else's life."

The Anthony Nolan Trust takes back lives from leukaemia by managing, and recruiting new donors to the UK's most successful bone marrow register. Donating your bone marrow involves a minor medical procedure and some short-term discomfort, but may well save someone's life. You will only be called upon to donate your bone marrow to a patient in need, if you are found to have the same or very similar tissue type as them.

You may be able to help save someone's life. Are you:

  • Aged between 18-40?
  • In good health?
  • Over 8 stone?
  • Willing to help save the life of any patient in need of a transplant?

If all the answers to these are yes, then please come along to one of our Donor Recruitment Clinics at Manchester Metropolitan University:

Wednesday 7 February 2007, 10am-12noon
Room SR1, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Aytoun
Building, Aytoun Street, Manchester, M1 3GH.

Wednesday 7 February 2007, 2pm-5pm
Room 334, Manchester Metropolitan University, The Faculty of Humanities,
Law and Social Science, Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond Street West, off
Oxford Road Manchester, M15 6LL

WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE AND GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE.

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