Men 18-30 from minority ethnic backgrounds urged to sign up for stem cell donation

Image above: Ruth Cadbury (left) at the Anthony Nolan event in Parliament on 26 October

Greater diversity of donors needed to help people with blood disorders

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth, is urging her constituents to sign up for the stem cell register, ran by the charity Anthony Nolan, which works to save the lives of those with blood cancer.

After visiting an event held in Parliament on 26 October which was part of the Communities v Blood Cancer Campaign by Anthony Nolan, Ruth wanted to publicise the importance of maintaining a diverse list of stem cell donors.

Stem cell donations can help a wider spectrum of people if the list of donors is diverse, enabling those from ethnic minorities to access much needed transplants. Anthony Nolan held the event in Parliament to shine a light on the work being done to try and ensure that every patient needing a stem cell transplant can find a match.

More than 865,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer or a blood disorder and be asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Registering could make “an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure”, says Ruth Cadbury

Speaking after the event, Ruth Cadbury said:

‘‘It’s so important that more people sign up to the stem cell register- signing up means you increase the chance of blood cancer patients finding a match. We particularly need men between the ages of 18-30 and those from a minority ethnic background to sign up.

“Registering to become a stem cell donor is straightforward and could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“I was proud to support Anthony Nolan and the tireless work that they have done to support those with blood cancer, and to raise awareness about this important issue. I will continue to campaign to ensure that we see more young people and those from a minority ethnic background on the register’’

For more information or to sign up to the stem cell register, see Anthony Nolan’s website:

anthonynolan.org/help-save-a-life/join-stem-cell-register

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