Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity, has an extra reason to celebrate World Blood Cancer Day today (28 May). It's just signed up its 600,000th potential donor, thanks to the selflessness of the British public.
Every year, approximately 2,000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant from a stranger. This year, 24-year-old Lara Casalotti was one of them. London-based Lara was diagnosed with leukaemia in January this year, and due to her mixed Thai-Italian heritage, doctors warned her that the odds of finding a donor were like finding a needle in a haystack.