"I signed up for the donor registry at a blood donation session and was then contacted by Anthony Nolan eight years later and asked if I still wanted to be a donor."
"I felt privileged and amazed for the opportunity to help someone in such a meaningful way."
“After the procedure, I got out of bed and felt absolutely fine. I felt a bit more tired than usual for a couple of days afterwards, but that was it and I went back to work a few days later."
"I've always been one of those people that just shrugs things off and gets on with things, I'd definitely recommend anyone to become a donor. I've got nothing but praise for everyone involved – the procedure from start to finish was very professional and transparent."
“I know the recipient of my stem cells was doing well – I recall getting a letter saying that they had survived the first year and I’d like to meet him or her if the chance ever arose."
"A lot of my pupils don’t really know what to make of it, most of the lower school are not aware of the fact that I have donated bone marrow. I give blood and can’t really see why you would do it! I don’t think that they see the further implication of what you are doing and potentially what that blood/bone marrow will then be used for. Most of them ask how much I get paid!"
"I usually try to bring home the whole idea of donating and why I do it because I’d want someone to do it for me. I always ask them what they would do if it was their mum who was in need."
"I was delighted to feature in the first State of the Registry review. It was lovely to meet people at the launch event and get to go to the House of Commons. I hope that other people will read my story, and the other donors featured, and be inspired to donate. Even if just one person donates after that, it will have been worth it."
Ross has helped to promote stem cell donation through Anthony Nolan recruitment events at his secondary school. He is also taking part in an INTERVAL study, an NHSBT and Oxford University study into frequency of blood donation, which means giving blood every ten weeks.
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