Bat­tler Kev signs up at hos­pi­tal open day

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STEM Cell Scouser re­cently sup­ported the Hae­ma­tol­ogy On­col­ogy Treat­ment Unit at the South­port Hos­pi­tal Open Day as part of Blood Can­cer Aware­ness Month Cam­paign.

This year Formby res­i­dent Kevin Dunne, who founded Stem Cell Scouser, launched the Mersey­side Al­liance De­feat­ing Blood Can­cer.

South­port Hos­pi­tal’s Hae­ma­tol­ogy Treat­ment Unit is part of the al­liance, along with the West Lan­cashire and Myeloma Sup­port Group, the Sefton Can­cer Sup­port Group, all the Mersey­side Macmil­lan of­fices in­clud­ing South­port and Orm­skirk, as well as An­thony Nolan, Leukaemia Care And Lym­phoma Ac­tion.

The aware­ness cam­paign is to high­light the six most com­mon symp­toms of blood can­cer and the dif­fi­cul­ties in get­ting a di­ag­no­sis which some­times comes too late for some pa­tients. Th­ese symp­toms are: fa­tigue fever bruis­ing feel­ing weak or breath­less re­peated in­fec­tions joint or bone pain

All th­ese symp­toms are com­mon to many other dis­eases. A lot of GPs will only see just one case of blood can­cer ev­ery three to four years on av­er­age.

Hence many don’t do the all im­por­tant blood test on the first visit.

Stem Cell Scouser’s mes­sage to peo­ple is don’t de­lay, see your GP as soon as you can.

The An­thony Nolan Donor Reg­is­ter has only 1,230 donors reg­is­tered in the South­port con­stituency, which ranks it 184th out of 650 in the coun­try.

South­port MP Damien Moore, who was sup­port­ing the event and is part of the al­liance, has pledged to do all he can to im­prove this sit­u­a­tion.

In the Sefton Cen­tral Con­stituency there are only 1,163 donors that ranks them 212th.

Sefton Cen­tral MP Bill Ester­son, who is also part of the al­liance, re­cently signed up as a donor whilst sup­port­ing a Stem Cell Scouser Donor Drive in Formby. Mersey­side Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, who is on the An­thony Nolan reg­is­ter, said: “I’m re­ally proud to be sup­port­ing the al­liance.”

Left to right are Damien Moore, MP for South­port, Kevin Dunne, Har­ri­son Al­ston, Gemma Al­ston, David Simis­ter, Karen Bonell

Steve Rotheram

Bill Ester­son

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