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.
We help three people every day get a potentially lifesaving stem cell transplant. But we can’t find a match for everyone because we simply don’t have the funds.
You can help us get more people on the register, fund our pioneering research and be there to support every person in desperate need of a transplant. Please help us save more lives.
I had a lifesaving bone marrow transplant in February 2011. Thanks to Anthony Nolan and my donor, I’ve been able to do my A-Levels and start my first year at university.
It feels wonderful to look forward to the future and university after my future being uncertain for so long.
Without my transplant I wouldn’t have any of this. I’ve got a lot of people to thank for that. And now I have all these amazing opportunities, and I can get on with my life.
On my donation day, I thought I was going to be nervous but I wasn’t – I was excited. I was thinking of the stranger who needs me, and hoping it was going to work for them.
Donating wasn’t a big deal for me, but I know it’s a big deal for them. I had a unique opportunity to save someone else and it was so easy to do – why would you not do it? This is the best gift I could ever give anyone. I can never top this.
When it’s cold and wet outside, the hardest thing is to get out the door and start running. That’s when I remind myself there are so many people out there who are stuck in hospital, unable to set foot outside, waiting for a match. I’m lucky to be able to help.
I may never get the chance to donate my stem cells. But if I raise some money, it’ll pay for others to have that amazing opportunity to save a life. Knowing that makes the tired legs worthwhile!
To be honest, I’d never heard of donating stem cells until a friend mentioned it on Facebook. All I had to do was fill out a form online, spit in a tube and sent it back free of charge. Easy peasy.
I know I might not be called up to donate, but it’s so important to be there just in case. I’d want others to be there for me or my family if we needed it. We’re a human safety net, millions strong, and we’re all looking out for each other. That really is incredible.
When I’m on a trip delivering stem cells, it’s a strange feeling. I literally have a complete stranger’s lifeline in my hands.
Volunteering gives me such a buzz; there’s nothing better in the world than handing over the box of cells at the end of my journey, knowing I’ve done everything I can to help someone in desperate need.
Running marathons and jumping out of planes isn’t for everyone, so volunteering is a great way for me to play my part.
I’m proud to work in the labs here at Anthony Nolan, where we conduct cutting-edge research to help save more lives.
Our supporters and fundraisers may never know how much of a genuine difference their money makes. But with new technology, new advances in medicine, and some wonderful minds working hard every day, we can push our science even further.