Leicester Heroes vs Blood Cancer

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When: Tuesday 30 April 2019, 10.00am-4.00pm

Where: Library Reading Zone and George Davies Centre foyer

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK finds out they have blood cancer (leukemia). For many, their only chance of survival will be to have a stem cell transplant, but there has to be a match between donor and patient. That’s why, the more people who sign up as donors, the more lives will be saved.

The Rik Basra Campaign encourages people to sign up as potential stem cell donors via the Anthony Nolan Trust.

Thanks to big annual pushes by the University of Leicester, De Montfort University and Loughborough University, Leicester and Leicestershire has more stem cell donors signed up than anywhere else in the UK - Leicester heroes. After constantly trying to beat each other’s numbers, the three universities have now teamed up, in collaboration with the Rik Basra Campaign, under the banner Leicestershire UNItes.

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How it works

It’s quick, it’s simple, it could save a life.

Signing up as a stem cell donor could not be easier. Literally all you have to do is:

  • Fill in a simple form
  • Provide two mouth swabs

That’s it. It takes ten minutes, tops. And it could save someone’s life.

To donate you must be aged between 16 and 30 (although there are options for older donors – see the Rik Basra Campaign website for details).

Also, you must weigh at least 50kg (7st 12lbs).

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If you’re a match

Your swab sample will be tissue-typed and entered into a database. If, in the future, doctors identify you as a match for a leukaemia patient, they will contact you.

The normal way of providing stem cells is that you take a natural hormone which stimulates stem cell production, then you’re hooked up to a machine which filters the stem cells from your blood.

In practical terms it’s very similar to just making a blood donation.

Any expenses involved, such as travel or accommodation, will be covered.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event on Tuesday 30 April, ask your line manager for consent and then contact Katie Morris on 0116 252 5498 or email events@le.ac.uk for more information.

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