ANTHONY NOLAN AND
WORLD CANCER DAY
At Anthony Nolan, we save the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders. On 4 February 2017, World Cancer Day returns as we unite together to build a future where every patient survives.
Wear a Unity Band® or donate by 4 February to show your support and help fund our lifesaving work. Unity Bands will be available online from January 2017, for a suggested donation of £2.
A DAY TO UNITE
Collaboration is at the heart of our work. We work with registries around the world to find the best possible match, and we work with other cancer charities here in the UK to make sure patients get the best possible care.
STEM CELLS AROUND THE WORLD
When a match can’t be found in the UK, we work with registries around the world to find a suitable donor. Wherever that person is, once they’ve donated their stem cells, they must be delivered in 72 hours.
Click below to find out more about the countries our incredible volunteer couriers visited in 2016 to collect stem cells and lymphocytes, and bring them back to patients here in the UK.
I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in early 2015.
I was treated in the Royal Marsden, which was like a home away from home, and my CLIC Sargent social worker was there for me from day one.
It felt amazing when I found out a match had been found by Anthony Nolan. The transplant didn’t just save my life – it was my life, my friends and families lives too.
Anthony Nolan, CLIC Sargent and the Royal Marsden have made such a massive difference to my life. I can’t put in to words how helpful they’ve all been.
Lukas, Dorian’s father, said ‘when Dorian's cancer came back three years later, we were told his only hope was to have a stem cell transplant. That was the first time we heard about Anthony Nolan.'
‘I just love the idea of people coming together for the common good in the way that people do with Anthony Nolan. I can’t understand why we can’t do it more.'
‘I know how lucky we were. After Dorian came home, we went for a cycle in the park and had such a fun day. After three years in hospital, to see him riding his bike in the park – that was true happiness.’
Now five, Gaurav and his family recently travelled to Germany to meet his donor, Stefan, and thank him for his lifesaving gift.
Gaurav’s mum Gurprit said, ‘I want Stefan to know that everything we’re doing today is thanks to him. It was amazing to sit across a table and talk about the whole experience from both sides. Even though we’ve only recently met, he’s been part of our lives for three years – Gaurav wouldn’t be here without him.’