Can you imagine searching for the one person in the world who could save your life?
Bone Marrow Donation
This is the reality for many MDS sufferers who are desperately searching for a lifesaving bone marrow donor.
This is why we need as many people as possible to join the bone marrow registers in the UK:
If you are a regular blood donor - do mention you'd also like to donate stem cells. It is that easy!
How to donate bone marrow
If you’re between 16 – 30 and in good health, sign up to Anthony Nolan's register and you could be a lifesaving match for someone with blood cancer
Can you become a bone marrow donor?
Your age, location and current health status are important. Check to see if you can become a blood stem cell donor
All it takes to join the register is a bit of spit or a swab
Your stem cells may not be a match for your relatives or friends - but they could end up saving the lives of someone facing a desperate situation anywhere in the world.
If you are called to donate, there are two simple and easy ways to give stem cells.
One method takes just 3 - 4 hours and is not dissimilar to giving blood. If a patient needs a bone marrow transplant then the consultant will be checking the worldwide registers for a suitable match.
However, it's important to encourage family and friends to join!
There’s a 30-35 percent chance that a patient’s sibling will be a suitable donor
70 percent of those needing a bone marrow transplant using donor stem cells are unable to have one because a suitable bone marrow donor cannot be found
A few stories of MDS patients:
How to be an Anthony Nolan bone marrow donor
Your animated guide to becoming a bone marrow donor. Steve Coogan narrates. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about donation, from joining the register to what happens if you are a match.
Calum's stem cell donation for Anthony Nolan
21 year old Calum's video diary of his blood stem cell (or bone marrow) donation via PBSC.
Be The Match: Bone marrow recipient meets woman who saved her life
Rhonda Christenson was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. Three months into her treatment, she was told that she needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Chances of a perfect match were 1 in 20,000.
What are stem cells? How can they be used for medical benefit?
A part of your bones called “bone marrow” makes blood cells. Marrow is the soft, spongy tissue inside bones. It contains cells called “hematopoietic” stem cells (pronounced he-mah-tuh-poy-ET-ick). These cells can turn into several other types of cells. They can turn into more bone marrow cells. Or they can turn into any type of blood cell. Here is a short educational film by the Irish Stem Cell Foundation