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there is no cure

Hey, shouldn’t you be revising or writing essays or… doing other student-y stuff, instead of scrolling this page?

It’s ok, we won’t tell. And besides, signing up to be a potential lifesaver is way more productive!

Aged 16-30? In good health? You can sign up to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, and be ready and waiting to save a life.

Marrow is the incredible student network of Anthony Nolan, the charity saving the lives of people with blood cancer.

For someone with blood cancer, an amazing stranger donating their stem cells could be their best chance of survival. But first they need a match. And that match could be you.


  • You can join online! You'll get a pack in the post for you to do a cheek swab and send back. We'll test your sample and add your information to the stem cell register.
  • You'll stay on the register until you're the grand age of 61. If you ever come up as a match for someone with blood cancer, we'll be in touch.
  • We'll organise the whole thing. We support you at every stage of your donation and arrange everything, from travel to accommodation. We've got it all covered.
  • There are two ways you might be asked to donate:

90% of people donate via their bloodstream in a straightforward process, called peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection. Joe, who donated via PBSC, said 'I was hooked onto the machine for around 4/5 hours so it's pretty boring! Afterwards I felt pretty tired as you would expect, but felt really good that I had done something good for someone.'

10% have their stem cells collected via their bone marrow while under general anaesthetic. After Donna's donation, she said 'Bone marrow donating done! I can honestly say it has been an amazing and surprisingly pain-free experience (I am a wimp!). Knowing I've given someone a second chance at life is such a fantastic feeling.'


Marrow sounds brilliant, right? Fancy getting involved in their lifesaving work? Volunteer with your uni’s incredible Marrow group and you could be a part of giving people with blood cancer a second chance of life.


1 in 4 people who go on to donate their stem cells were recruited by Marrow. That’s an incredible stat. And these Marrowers have heroic and personal stories to tell:


This animation takes you through a lifesaving journey - from getting the call if you come up as a genetic match for someone in need of a transplant, to the step by step process of donating your stem cells through your bloodstream or bone marrow.