Sign up to help cure blood can­cer

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I CAN still re­mem­ber the first time I came across An­thony Nolan’s name.

It was 1975, I’d just been cast as Purdey in the New Avengers and I was 29 years old.

I picked up a news­pa­per and read about Shirley Nolan’s heart- break­ing story.

She was fran­ti­cally search­ing for a suit­able bone mar­row donor for her dear lit­tle boy, An­thony. He was desperately ill and it was his only chance of sur­vival.

I was so moved by An­thony’s plight I im­me­di­ately signed up to the bone mar­row reg­is­ter cre­ated in his name.

Join­ing the reg­is­ter is such a sim­ple act, but with po­ten­tially huge ben­e­fits for another liv­ing per­son.

It’s truly thrilling to think we can use a part of our body – a part we won’t miss, a part it won’t hurt us to give – to save a life.

Forty years on, it’s quite in­cred­i­ble to see how An­thony Nolan’s legacy has helped save so many lives.

An­thony Nolan cures blood can­cer ev­ery sin­gle day, through stem cell trans­plants, world-lead­ing re­search, cam­paigns and fundrais­ing.

Even in An­thony Nolan’s 40th an­niver­sary year though, the char­ity still needs your help.

For in­stance, two thirds of pa­tients will not find a match­ing donor from within their fam­i­lies – in­stead they turn to An­thony Nolan to find them a stranger who is will­ing to do­nate their bone mar­row, or blood stem cells.

This is why I am ap­peal­ing to you, the read­ers, to find out how you can be the cure for blood can­cer by vis­it­ing www. an­tho­nynolan.org.

In this spe­cial 40th an­niver­sary year for An­thony Nolan, you can help save lives and give peo­ple with can­cer, and their fam­i­lies, more mile­stones – from birthdays and an­niver­saries, to graduations and even grand­chil­dren.

Thank you for your support.

JOANNA LUM­LEY An­thony Nolan Trust Agin­court Road

London

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