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Zipitydooda Sat 19-Jan-13 19:21:08

.. And if you're not.

A friend's mum is urgently seeking a bone marrow donor in the next 5 weeks: If you are under 50 and not yet on the bone marrow register, please make it your priority! There are various ways to do so, and you could save a life. If not my friend's mum then someone else.

If you've registered, but you're not absolutely certain that your details are correct, please call the organisation in your area and make sure. More info and easy links below:

If you are 16-30: and not on the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, please consider requesting a spit kit in order to send a sample of saliva in the post - it only takes a few minutes to do. More details can be found from the links here, including eligibility criteria:

If you are under 50: and able to give blood, please consider going to a blood donor centre or a local donor session and asking to have your stem cells screened at the same time, more details here:

If you are already on the register: please make sure your details are up to date, if you can't be found, you can't be a lifesaver, more details here:

If you are on Twitter: please use the hashtag #Spit4Mum to spread the word.

Copying and pasting on my phone so I hope this comes out right.

jjuice Sun 20-Jan-13 22:35:51

I can't as I had a blood transfusion. I hate that I can't give back but I can bump for you.

Spink Sun 20-Jan-13 22:43:04

I think the AN age cut off is lower than the British Bone Marrow registry, may be for cost reasons (because you can only donate up to a certain age, they need people to be eligible for as long as poss, perhaps?)

Anyway, dh is too old for AN but is registering with BBM, & all the registers are pooled when searching for matches afaik, so makes no difference who you register with.

I joined AN a couple of months ago & I've just been asked to give further samples as I may be a match for someone. Here's hoping.

Spink Sun 20-Jan-13 22:45:18
The link for the BBM registry

Utterlylostandneedtogo Sun 20-Jan-13 22:53:37

I can't donate due to severe sciatica sad will spread the word tho

TheFallenNinja Sun 20-Jan-13 23:05:56

I visited the Anthony Nolan labs. It's utterly mind blowing the things they do.

breadandbutterfly Sun 20-Jan-13 23:09:53

Can't donate for multiple reasons at the moment - if put on lots of weight will look into it later.

Was hoping to help as am Jewish but not able to. hope someone can be found.

Zipitydooda Mon 21-Jan-13 09:40:55

Lots of people have asked questions about the criteria especially age. I'm not an expert and have no professional links to Anthony Nolan organisation but from talking to someone who worked for them, it seems it has a lot to do with costings.

It costs money to test people and put them on the register so AN restrict entrants to those most likely to match someone and be able to provide stem cells. The downside of this is that when someone from a minority group needs a match there is much less chance of them finding one.

sarahbanshee Mon 21-Jan-13 09:44:35

My husband and I have both been on the register since university (mumble mumble years ago) and he has donated once. Straightforward, all but painless, out-patient procedure and he only needed three days off work including the day of the donation itself. He would gladly do it again and having seen it I would be very happy to donate if matched.

thegreylady Mon 21-Jan-13 10:36:33

I can't because of my age and my cancer treatment sad

Pigsmummy Mon 21-Jan-13 11:05:26

I am a blood donor and on the bone marrow list but having recently had a babu I can't donate either currently sorry.

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