Anthony Nolan
01/20/2017 at 16:20. Facebook
'3 years ago, on this date, I went to London and donated my bone marrow.

'Now, I have been through this wonderful journey, starting with donating my bone marrow and ending with meeting the recipient, an amazingly brave 4-year-old boy, Ojas.

'Ojas was 9 months old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. He had a bone marrow transplant when he was 1 year old.

'Now he is a fit and healthy...
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Anthony Nolan
01/19/2017 at 16:19. Facebook
'I spoke to so many friends who kept asking, "Isn’t stem cell donation really painful?"

'I’m a medical student, and obviously the other medics understand how it works, and that it’s not painful at all.

'It’s only as painful as having a needle stuck in you – like having a blood test. It’s dead easy.

'In fact, the hardest part – which I didn’t think about – was not being able to go to the...
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Anthony Nolan
01/19/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
In 2017, cancer will touch all of us. In all of its strains, in all of its forms. As a whispered fear. As a real-life tragedy.

And all of it matters.

That's why, on 4th February, we're uniting with 9 other UK charities for World Cancer Day. Because together, we're stronger - and together, we can make a real difference for people across the world who are affected by cancer.

Over the next two...
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Anthony Nolan
01/18/2017 at 16:21. Facebook
'On the 22nd of October 2014 I received the best gift; my stem cell transplant.

'Afterwards, I had to learn to walk again. All of the muscles went in my legs, because I was in bed in intensive care for a month.

'When the last chemo had been done, me and my mum just started crying…because it had all finished.

'I'll never forget it - and I couldn’t have done this without my friends. They've...
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Anthony Nolan
01/17/2017 at 16:21. Facebook
We've got something *big* to announce.

Because we've finished all of our adding up, and it turns out you've achieved some pretty incredible things in 2016.

You didn't just register to donate your stem cells (although you did - over 61,000 of you and counting)

You took on amazing challenges to raise vital funds and save lives, too.

You ran further than the entire European coastline. You...
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Anthony Nolan
01/16/2017 at 16:12. Facebook
'I joined the Anthony Nolan register when I was 17. After only a year, I got told I was a match.

'After a little bit of confusion and shock, I managed to put my thoughts together and realised how important this was.

'The London hospital was really nice, and the doctors and nurses were amazing. It felt like I was in a hotel! I even managed to watch live football and movies in my room.

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'Lots of people told me they didn't think they could do it.

I said to them, "You'd do it if it was your child or parent that needed it. And if you weren't a suitable donor, you'd want someone who was to help."

'I had a little pain from the injections prior to the stem cell donation, but it had been explained to me, so I knew exactly what the pain was.

'The actual procedure was just like...
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Did you receive a stem cell donation from a brother or sister? Or did you donate to give a family member a second chance?

You're not alone. Because 25% of people in need of a transplant find a matching tissue type in their own sibling - like Will.

In 2012, at the age of just 25, Will was told that he'd need a stem cell transplant to treat his leukaemia.

In one sense, though, Will was lucky....
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‘Earlier last year, our beautiful boy Noah was diagnosed with chronic granulomatous disorder (CGD) - a rare blood disorder.

'The only cure for him was to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

‘Sadly, no family members were a match for Noah. We had to rely on Anthony Nolan to search for a matching donor.

‘A match was found and Noah's life has been saved by a generous, anonymous donor from...
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'I can't believe it's a year since I donated my stem cells. It's flown by, it really has.

'I met 3 fellow donors and had an amazing 2 days. We were all chatting throughout the day.

'We went for a pint while the lab was counting the blood samples, and met one night for a few drinks. We’re all mates on Facebook now!

'Donating was so pain-free. I had friendly nurses come to my home for a few...
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'Today marks one year from receiving my new stem cells. The anniversary of my “rebirth”, and my third chance at life!

'At the time, I didn’t see quite how lucky I was to have the funds approved to have a second transplant. It's only now, when I have watched people die and suffer while waiting for funds to be approved (if they get approved at all), that I do realise.

'It’s why I will...
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'A few months ago, I stayed up all night working on my final university assignment.

'At 10am the next morning, while I was at the printers, I got a call from Anthony Nolan, saying I was a potential match for a patient with blood cancer.

'In a second, the stress and tiredness from my deadline felt insignificant. I was, potentially, someone’s best chance of survival.

'Following some simple...
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Today, we get to tell one of the most incredible stories in our history.

Because exactly one year ago, Lara Casalotti was reeling from some terrible news.

She was just 24, and she’d been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Worse yet, she’d need a stem cell transplant with a stranger – and because Lara was mixed-race, her odds of finding the right match were frighteningly slim.

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'This morning, I donated bone marrow, and I already feel fine!

'I’d heard horror stories about bone marrow donation, and I felt worried beforehand, but I also knew that nothing was going to stop me from donating.

'No matter how worried or scared you are, it's worth it. To know I may have saved a life is amazing.

'And having had the procedure, I realised how wrong the horror stories are....
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In 2017, every 20 minutes, someone will be told that they have blood cancer.

In 2017, in the UK alone, 2,000 people with blood cancer or a blood disorder will need a stem cell transplant to have any chance of life.

In 2017, we need your help to give these people a happy ending.

Since we started recruiting stem cell donors, we’ve given 15,000 patients that incredible second chance.

And we...
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This is just an incredible story.

In 2014, Ben Potts donated his stem cells to a complete stranger.

And this September, he was there to see her, alive and well, as she married the love of her life.

Helen was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of just 27 - and underwent four years of chemotherapy and treatment, with her partner Raff (right) by her side.

Finally, two years...
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‘This time three years ago, Gaurav was in hospital, having intensive chemotherapy to wipe out his immune system and the blood disorder Monosomy 7.

‘Meanwhile, in Germany, a man was getting ready for some time in hospital to have some of his bone marrow extracted, to give to a complete stranger and give them a second chance of life.

‘We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this milestone...
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‘Last night I wrote a letter to my blood twin to say thanks for saving my life.

'I said my thank yous in the only way I know - often, blabberingly and heartfelt - but in writing the letter, I realised that this hero of mine is responsible for saving more lives than just mine.

'I know that hundreds of people donated a part of themselves (blood, platelets, bone marrow and other organs),...
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'I wasn't going to post anything about donating to Anthony Nolan this week, until I received a visit from a volunteer.

'He asked me if I wanted to know about the person who needed my stem cells. I said ‘Yes’, of course.

'It turns out it’s an adult man who has one chance left…me.

'I was told they have tried everything, and it's not worked, and he has a 50% chance of making it after my...
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We want to see improvements in post-transplant services across the UK - and we need your help.

If you've had a bone marrow transplant, and the lack of a dedicated post-transplant or ‘late effects’ service has led to delayed treatment or incorrect diagnosis, we want to hear from you!

(This could be soon after transplant - or many years after.)

Just drop us an email at...
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