About three years ago James Waddington gave a saliva sample in a test tube and agreed to put on the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Donation Register. Six months ago, James got the call to say he was may be a match and would he be willing to give a blood sample to check. James gave the blood test and about a month ago, they confirmed he was a match.
James and his supportive and proud family
James told Shelley “Anthony Nolan came to work. They were in the canteen asking for samples as a colleague’s son had leukemia and so they were doing a drive to get possible donors. The only requirements were that you are under 30 without any blood born diseases that you know of. About 6 months ago they contacted me to say I was a potential match, then about a month ago they confirmed the match and asked if I wanted to donate bone marrow. I could have given a blood transfusion or go the full hog with the bone marrow, but the person in this case needed the full bone marrow transplant”.
We asked how it all went and James told us “it was fine, they made me feel very welcome and comfortable and looked after me really well. The nurse gave me an anesthetic and that was that. I woke up some time later that day and was a bit groggy, dosing in and out of sleep. The actual procedure only lasts about half an hour. They removed around a litre and a half of fluid which replenishes itself. All in all it was an easy procedure to go through, just a little uncomfortable. It was definitely not a big deal”.
James told us he would do it all over again and if was glad he got the opportunity to help save someones life. He was told the person who received his bone marrow was an adult female, but that was all the information they could give him. James felt that having a sore back and feeling a bit spaced out was not a big deal. I had never considered it until Anthony Nolan came to work….it took 30 seconds to be put on the register and they explain everything really well. James said “Anthony Nolan gave me a ‘chaperone’ called Paul who was there for me every step of the way and would take my call whenever I rang. I would encourage everyone to go on the list. You may sit on the list forever and never be contacted, you never know”.
We spoke to Ann O’Leary, Head of Register Development at Anthony Nolan who said “James has done an incredible and selfless thing in giving someone with blood cancer the best chance of survival. He has taken just a couple of days out of his life to help someone in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. We need more young men to think like James and join the bone marrow register. Many people don’t realise how easy it is to join the bone marrow register and how simple it is to donate – in 90% of cases, the donation procedure is similar to giving blood. Here are some statistics and facts about bone marrow transplants”
The need for bone marrow donors
For someone with blood cancer, a bone marrow transplant can be their last chance at survival. However, to have a successful transplant, there needs to be a donor with a matching tissue type. Currently, blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan can only find a suitable donor for half of people in need of a transplant. They need more people to register as bone marrow donors to find matches for people in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
The need for young male donors
The charity especially need young men to sign up as donors as they are the most likely to be chosen to donate.
The need for ethnic minority donors
A suitable bone marrow donor is most likely to come from the same ethnic background as the patient. We urgently need more donors from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds to sign up as these groups are underrepresented on the bone marrow register.
About signing up as a donor
Signing up as a donor is very easy and simply involves filling in a form and providing a saliva sample. You will then stay on the register until you are 60.
If people work somewhere with a large young workforce, we may be able to arrange a recruitment event to sign up donors.
Sign up today
If you are aged 16-30 and in good health, you can join the Anthony Nolan register today and sign up online at www.anthonynolan.org
If you are called up to donate, there are two methods of donation. Many people don’t realise that in 90% of cases, the donation procedure is similar to giving blood.
Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation is used in 90% of cases. Donors will receive five injections over the course of a week which stimulate their stem cells. The donation procedure is an outpatient appointment which is similar to giving blood and lasts about five hours. Donors may experience aches but these resolve quickly and the donor can return to normal duties in 24 hours.
A bone marrow harvest donation occurs under general anaesthetic and the cells are extracted from the pelvic bone. Donors may experience some short-term discomfort in their lower back and tiredness. The donor usually needs a few days to recuperate and the stem cells replace themselves within a few weeks.
• Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential bone marrow donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
• We need more young men aged 16-30 to sign up, as they are most likely to be chosen to donate but make up just 12% of the register.
• We urgently need people from Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority backgrounds to sign up, as they are currently under-represented on the register.
• Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer
• Around 1,800 people in the UK need a bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant each year. This is usually their last chance of survival
• 63% of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families; instead they turn to us to find them an unrelated donor
• We can only find a suitable donor for around half the people who need a lifesaving bone marrow transplant
• White Northern Europeans have a 90% chance of finding a suitable bone marrow donor. This falls to just 40% for people from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds
• 90% of donations take place via PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection). This is an outpatient appointment and is similar to donating blood
• To join the register, you must be aged between 16 and 30, weigh more than 7st 12lbs (50kgs) and be in general good health. For more information about our work or to sign up online, please visit www.anthonynolan.org
PLEASE Sign up today!!!
April 19, 2012
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