Cancer survivor's pitch to transform Leicester into a 'lifesaving city'

Posted by ap507 at Sep 18, 2014 12:05 PM |
Community of Leicester urged to back record-breaking campaign

The entire community of Leicester is being urged to get behind a record-breaking campaign to sign up 1,000 young people to the Anthony Nolan register in just one day.

The ambitious plan is the latest initiative by Leicestershire police officer and Leukaemia survivor, Rik Basra, and De Montfort University's Square Mile Programme.

The University's Marrow Society - a group that supports Anthony Nolan - and Loughborough University students are also joining forces for this one off event.

Some of Leicester's best-known faces will join forces with Leicestershire's three universities to encourage local 16-30 year-olds to give a saliva sample and join the register in the hope of saving strangers fighting blood cancer.

Rik's life was saved after he received a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor through Anthony Nolan in 2011.

Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential bone marrow donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant.

If you are aged 16-30 and in good health you can sign up at the following locations on 1 October: De Montfort University - Campus Centre, Leicester Train station, Gallowtree Gate, Clock Tower, Humberstone Gate, Highcross Shopping Centre, Jubilee Square & Loughborough University.

If anyone is interested in volunteering at the event then they can sign up using this doodle-poll link

Find more information via Facebook: LeicesterMarrow, Email or via the Leicester Marrow website