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RAY'S STORY

RAY'S
STORY

Everyone always says to me, 'You’ve changed someone’s life.' But it’s changed mine, too. RAY, NORTHAMPTON

I signed up to the register at a Race for Life event in Northampton. I was dressed up as Clarence the Dragon, Northampton Town’s Football mascot and I came over to the Anthony Nolan tent for a photo with Kaisha Morris, who was looking for a match for her son Joey. 

It was a hot day inside the costume and, when I took the mascot head off, it took me ages to spit in the tube to sign up, but thank God I did. I matched to someone a year later and donated my stem cells.

DANNY'S STORY

DANNY'S
STORY

After donating I felt incredibly proud, I really hope I get to do it all again just for that feeling. DANNY, LONDON

I signed up to the register after hearing from a friend that gay men could join and donate their stem cells. Around a year later, I got the call I never expected – I was a match for someone.

I just always say to people - what have you got to lose? Once you join the Anthony Nolan register, there's a low chance of being chosen to donate, but it’s higher for young men – and it just makes it all the more amazing if you are one of the lucky few.

BRANDON'S STORY

BRANDON'S
STORY

I found out I was a match when I was playing on the Xbox, it was definitely a ‘pause game’ moment. BRANDON, LONDON

The feeling of being a match for someone was just indescribable. I went on to donate my stem cells last year. 

It’s amazing that something so small and simple can make a massive impact on someone’s life. Not just that person who needs you but their family, friends, everyone around them. I’m always going to be able to reproduce my stem cells so it’s not going to affect me to give some away.

MAZHAR'S STORY

MAZHAR'S
STORY

The worst thing about donating was the terrible daytime TV! I watched a lot of Jeremy Kyle… MAZHAR, GUILDFORD

I went to my local chippy, “Empire Fish & Chips" in Guildford, and while I was waiting for my chips I saw a flyer from Anthony Nolan. The flyer said that they were looking for more donors from Turkish and Cypriot backgrounds, and as I’m from Cyprus I thought I would sign up. I ended up donating exactly one year after that moment. 

I received a card from my recipient a couple of months ago. They were really thankful for what I did and for giving them a second chance at life. They said they hoped that I had a long and happy life. It was an emotional thing to receive but such a good feeling.

This March, help us recruit as many lifesaving young men to our stem cell register as possible.

YOUNG MEN MAKE UP...

15%OF THE
STEM CELL
REGISTER

BUT THEY PROVIDE MORE THAN

50%OF THE
LIFESAVING
DONATIONS

 

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Being a man.

It isn’t about hiding your emotions. It isn’t about having a chiselled six pack or losing an entire weekend to Netflix. It can’t be found on the football pitch or out with the lads.

It’s in you.

It’s about being yourself, and the choices you make.

As a young man, you are more likely than anyone else to be able to save the life of someone with blood cancer – just by being you.

Blood Cancer

Someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every 20 minutes. For many of these people, a stem cell transplant from a donor on the Anthony Nolan register is their last chance of life. The problem is, not enough men are signing up to the Anthony Nolan register.

Men aged 16-30 are by far the most in demand as stem cell donors, but they make up only 15% of the register.

Join the Movement

So this March, we’re calling on young men everywhere to join the movement, sign up to the register and spread the message: being a man means you could save a life.

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