Craig shares details of how you can support World Cancer Day and Anthony Nolan and how you too can assist with research and support
Every 14 minutes someone in the UK finds out they have blood cancer. And we all know someone who has been affected by the horrific disease that is cancer. With five member of my family lost to it, including my Father, I want to take the opportunity to highlight the issue and tell you how we can all help. This World Cancer Day on 4th February, the guys from Anthony Nolan are doing their bit and you can too.
In 1971, Anthony Nolan was born with a rare condition called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. The only cure was a bone marrow transplant. But none of his family were a match, and a transplant using bone marrow from an unrelated donor had never succeeded. There was no system to find matching unrelated donors, either. Sadly, Anthony died.
This gave Anthony’s mother, Shirley, an idea: to start a bone marrow register to connect unrelated donors with people like her son, who desperately needed a transplant.
A bone marrow register of potential donors was created. Roll on to today and it now holds details of 600,000 potential donors who can help saves lives of others. That’s a lot of people, but it’s still only a drop in the ocean and people are still dying of this disease every day. This is where YOU can help.
It’s horrible to learn that only 25% of family members are a match for a victim of cancer. So, if you’re between 16 – 30 and in good health, you can sign up to the Anthony Nolan register. You’ll be sent a swab pack in the post so that you can do a cheeky swab and send it back. That’s it! Simple huh! and that one small action from you can help someone else live. How amazing is that!
If you’re over 30 (as many of us are) and still want to help, there are so many ways that you can. Just click this link and find out other ways that you can help save lives. If you’re an active type there’s Tough Mudder, Tough Guy and Spartan Runs. There’s skydiving and swimming, running or cycling too. Alternatively just bake a cake and hold a coffee morning! Why not get a group together and do your bit. After all you never know if you or someone close to you will need help themselves, just as my family has.
If you’re not able to take part in an event or join the register but still want to help, you can do so by buying a pin badge! That’s easier than running a muddy obstacle course but still helps! The classy looking pins will show your support and help raise much needed funds. Available in black, silver, gold and bronze at just £1.99.
I hope you can offer some support to Anthony Nolan and their continuing and tireless campaign to help people in need. If you do, please let me know and leave a comment below. Maybe you’ve been affected by blood cancer or know of other ways that people can help. Please let me know so that we can share it with others. Thank you from me, my family and the guys at Anthony Nolan X