There are 1,600 people in the UK with blood cancers who are waiting for a potentially lifesaving stem cell transplant from a matching donor. The best donors are young, healthy men, whose cells are preferred by doctors when treating patients.
The charity Anthony Nolan is launching a campaign to give these patients a chance by recruiting 10,000 new young men to the stem cell donor register.
Do you know any young men who would like to be a potential lifesaver?
Not long ago you may have seen in the news the story of 15-year old Alice Pyne, who has Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Alice needed a stem cell transplant but very sadly was unable to find a matching donor when she was still healthy enough to benefit from it.
Alice attracted the attention of the media when she published online what she called her "bucket list" of things she wants to do before she dies. At the top of that list was her wish to recruit as many people as possible to the Anthony Nolan stem cell donor register.
I'm hoping to help Alice achieve her goal and I would be grateful for your help. I have been in touch with the charity Anthony Nolan, and they say that the greatest need is for young men aged 18-30. Their aim is to recruit 10,000 of these potential lifesavers and I wondered if you might know any young men up for this challenge.
Joining the stem cell donor register is simple and it's all explained on the Anthony Nolan website. Just go to mp.anthonynolan.org and enter the code VM4M for details.
Please also forward a link to this page or download a flyer and pass to any young men you know.
Thank you so much for your kind help in this matter.