The family of a courageous little girl who inspired the global ‘Team Margot’ campaign have a question for everyone on the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register: could you help get just one more lifesaver to sign up?
Margot Martini was diagnosed at fourteen months old with two forms of leukaemia last October - an incredibly rare diagnosis. She received a bone marrow transplant in February this year, after a worldwide campaign to find a donor.
Here's Margot asking if you can get just one more person on the register:
Her father, Yaser, recalls how “looking back at that period of our lives, when we were totally desperate in every sense of the word, we felt helpless. Our daughter’s life depended on a benevolent stranger, somewhere in the world, signing up to a bone marrow register. Campaigning for a donor partly helped us feel like we were actually doing something to help.”
"Margot’s appeal led to more than 35,000 people signing up to a stem cell register which is absolutely amazing. But in terms of the bigger picture, the needle has only very slightly moved.
When you consider how rare it is to be a match and how many tens of thousands of families are out there waiting for a donor, it still doesn’t scratch the surface."
The Just One More campaign is “a small ask”, explains Yaser, “perhaps as simple as having a chat with a friend and getting ‘just one more’ person to join the register.
But if everyone who has already signed up with Anthony Nolan did it, there’d be more than a million potential lifesavers on the register and together we would have achieved something remarkable.”
If you're aged 16-30 and have not yet signed up to our register, click the button below to find out what's involved:
Help us spread the word and get just one more person on the register.
Our joining policy is 16-30 as younger donors are more likely to be chosen by the transplant doctors to donate stem cells to potentially save a patient’s life.
Research shows that patients who receive stem cells from a younger donor have improved survival rates. We want to give the best chance of life to everyone who needs a stem cell transplant so we focus our resources on people who are most likely to be able to do that. Last year, almost 50% of donors from our register were 30 or younger.
It's easier than you think. 90% of donors donate their stem cells quickly and easily via a process very similar to giving blood.
Once you've filled out our online form, we'll send you a spit kit. Send back your saliva sample in the post, and we'll test your DNA and add you to our register.
If you're found to be a match for someone in need, we'll contact you and begin the donation process.
Find out what happens next in our video: