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Bill hosts Anthony Nolan at Parliament

BILL KIDD MSP CELEBRATES COMMUNITY’S EFFORTS TO CURE BLOOD CANCER

 

Celebrating the 935 potential lifesavers in Glasgow Anniesland this Blood Cancer Awareness Month

To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Bill Kidd MSP attended a reception in Holyrood, to celebrate the number of potential stem cell donors in Anniesland on the Anthony Nolan register.

This achievement was celebrated by Anthony Nolan on Thursday 20 September, as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign, which shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.

In Glasgow Anniesland, 935 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. 36% of these donors are male, and the average age is 34.

In total, more than 700,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Bill Kidd and brave cancer survivor, Ollie. Ollie loves his new cuddly toy (now called 'Slothie') from Bill. Ollie came with the Anthony Nolan to the Scottish Parliament last week. The Anthony Nolan Trust explained to MSPs about how more people can sign onto the stem cell register to help save lives.

Bill Kidd and brave cancer survivor, Ollie. Ollie loves his new cuddly toy (now called 'Slothie') from Bill. Ollie came with the Anthony Nolan to the Scottish Parliament last week. Anthony Nolan explained to MSPs about how more people can sign onto the stem cell register to help save lives.

Now, Bill Kidd is encouraging more people from Anniesland, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate. They provide more than 50% of donations yet make up just 16% of the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.

Bill Kidd MSP said: “I am very proud that Anniesland has 935 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“I strongly hope that more people from our community will be inspired to sign up and show that together, we can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “Since 1974 thousands of caring, selfless people have joined the Anthony Nolan register and thousands of lives have been saved as a result.

This Blood Cancer Awareness Month residents can be proud of all the lifesavers in your community. It’s wonderful to have the support of Anniesland in achieving our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.”

For more information about the Community vs Blood Cancer campaign visit www.anthonynolan.org/communities

Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. It also carries out vital research to make stem cell transplants more successful, and supports patients through their transplant journeys.

First Minister and Ollie

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