MP Plea for stem cell donors

(August 03, 2011)

Mark is calling for young men in Preston to do something special and join the Anthony Nolan stem cell register.  He has joined other politicians in pledging to recruit at least ten men each between the ages to 18 and 30 from his constituency.

Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every day, they use their register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need potentially lifesaving transplants. 

However, there is a shortage of young male donors on the bone marrow register.  Men aged 18-30 account for 80% of donations, but make up just 19% of the register Presently, Anthony Nolan can only find a matching donor for half the people who come to them in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant so this summer they are aiming to recruit 10,000 more young men to the register.  

Anthony Nolan has provided every MP with a unique code to give to constituents so the charity can track how many young men MPs have recruited.  Young men interested in the chance to save someone’s life should go to and enter the code A9DW.

Mark said: “There are 1600 people in the UK in need of a potentially lifesaving stem cell transplant.  It’s a sad fact that even in these days of medical advancement, although two potentially lifesaving transplants can be carried out every day, for every patient there is another for whom, sadly, no match can be found.  

If every MP in the UK recruited just ten young men to the Anthony Nolan register, that would make up 6,500 new recruits towards the charity’s ten thousand target.  These new donors could be saving lives by Christmas.

I would urge all health young men between the ages 18-30 to come forward and offer the chance to save someone’s life and a new hope to their families.”

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