Local MP Chris Davies celebrates community's efforts to cure blood cancer

Celebrating the 429 potential lifesavers in Brecon and Radnorshire this Blood Cancer Awareness Month

 

To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Chris Davies MP attended a reception in Westminster, to celebrate the number of potential stem cell donors in Brecon and Radnorshire on the Anthony Nolan register.

 

This achievement was celebrated by Anthony Nolan on Wednesday 12 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 Brecon and Radnorshire, 429 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan36% of these donors are male, and the average age is 36

 

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.

 

Now, Chris Davies MP is encouraging more people from Brecon and Radnorshire, 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.

 

Chris Davies

 MP said: “I am very proud that Brecon and Radnorshire has 429 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 Brecon and Radnorshire in achieving our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.”