We are Marrow, and we’re a pretty special bunch of students. At 40 universities up and down the UK, plus another seven abroad, we help Anthony Nolan save the lives of people with blood cancer.
Being students means we can help in a way others can’t. You see, the best donors are young people. And we recruit 10,000 of them each year, making up a quarter of all people who donate.
We also raise money – tons of it. In 2012 alone, we raised £145,000 – enough for Anthony Nolan to recruit 900 potential lifesavers.
We’re proud of what we do. With your help, we can do more. So if you’re a student, join Marrow today.
In 1997, James Kustow, a student at Nottingham University, was having dinner with some friends when he received a shocking call from his mother. A childhood friend of his, Karen, had been diagnosed with leukaemia and she needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Banding together with his friends, James contacted Anthony Nolan, the UK blood cancer charity, and organised a one-off recruitment event on campus to try and get more potential bone marrow donors to join the register. The event was a great success – and James and his fellow volunteers decided to put together a team to run regular recruitment drives and raise awareness for years to come. They called it Marrow.
You can now find Marrow groups in more than 40 different universities across the UK. Sadly, Karen relapsed after her transplant and passed away four months later – but her legacy lives on in the Marrow groups which were set up to help her and many more people like her.
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