World Blood Cancer Day.
Today, May 28th is World Blood Cancer day.
Every year, 30,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with a blood cancer. These are Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma as well as a few other cancer like blood disorders. That is equivalent to one person every 20 minutes.
Blood cancers are the most common type of cancers diagnosed is children and young people.
I had a blood cancer, Non Hodgkin Lymphoma.
At this point you may be asking
“Well what does this mean to me?”
Quite frankly, this means everything. EVERYTHING. Why? Because YOU are the cure for blood cancer. By donating stem cells you can save someone life, you could cure someone cancer.
How? You could join the Stem Cell register. You could become a lifesaver, you could give someone with no other options, the very greatest gift- life!
Anyone with half an eye on social media will have seen the #shake4mike #teamMargot/#swabforMargot campaigns. They both needed a donor from national registers, but originally when searched there was no match. Thankfully they both have matches now- but many people don’t- more people need to join.
If you joined the register, and were found to be a match 9/10 donors donate in a process similar to giving blood. The other 10% donate by having bone marrow drawn.
The bottom line is, though the prospect of donating bone marrow is a daunting prospect before signing up, IT SAVES LIVES and if you were (unfortunately) diagnosed with blood cancer you would not have a choice on whether to undergo such procedures.
So why not choose to do all this ^ and be a LIFESAVER. YOU can help make RemissionPossible.
So do I need to say it again? YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE. (and here, most people are eligible)
So celebrate World Blood Cancer Day with me, and sign up to be a stem cell donor.
If you have ever known someone who has had blood cancer, and don’t know how you can help, THIS is the perfect way!
Get it yet?
SIGN UP, TELL US, TWEET US…
You could change a life. Simple as.
So go on then….do it! It will be worth it, it is something you can be proud of, something you can put on your CV. We will appreciate it, and so will every other person who has ever had a stem cell transplant, or had blood cancer.
Sign up at http://www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk and join a worldwide community of 4 million incredible people!!!!
Keep smiling! (I will be if you sign up!)
Posted on May 28, 2014, in Campaign, Em's Blogging. and tagged be the cure, blood cancer, cancer, donate, lifesaver, lymphoma, make remission possible, stem cells, world blood cancer day. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.