Battler Kev signs up at hospital open day
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