Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has praised residents in Cambridge this September, Blood Cancer Awareness Month, as charity Anthony Nolan reveal that Cambridge constituency comes top in the East of England for having the most residents on the stem cell register. In Cambridge, 2083 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan, with 178 added in the last year.
This achievement is being celebrated by Anthony Nolan as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign – which shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.
In total, more than 700,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.
Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner said: “I am very proud that Cambridge is home to over 2000 people who have volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.
“I strongly hope that more people from our community will be inspired to sign up and show that together, we can provide a cure for blood cancer.”
Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “Since 1974 thousands of caring, selfless people have joined the Anthony Nolan register and thousands of lives have been saved as a result.
This Blood Cancer Awareness Month residents can be proud of all the lifesavers in your community. It’s wonderful to have the support of Cambridge in achieving our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.”