Blood cancer charity needs ethnically diverse stem cell volunteers for the Anthony Nolan Stem Cell Register

Student volunteers in universities across London are attempting to recruit hundreds of youngsters to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register.

Spearheaded by Marrow, the student volunteer network of blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, students in seven universities across the capital will be out in force this week to recruit more donors.

The ‘Londonors’ campaign has a particular focus on recruiting people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as it is more difficult for patients from BAME backgrounds to find a donor with a matching tissue type – only 60 per cent of transplant recipients receive the best match, and this drops dramatically to around 20 per cent, if you’re from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.

Doug Mbang, 26, from Woolwich, joined the register seven years ago and is one of the many people who’ve signed up through Marrow.
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Doug, pictured, said: ‘At a Marrow event, they told me that there aren’t as many donors on the register from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

That got me to sign up immediately. Cancer is something that can affect anybody at any point in their life.

If a member of my family or one of my friends got blood cancer, I’d want them to have the best chance of surviving. We need more people from a range of backgrounds on the register to save more lives.”

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