Sheffield Marrow has reached its 1,000th sign up of the uni year

The group works to fight blood cancer


Student volunteer group Sheffield Marrow is celebrating after reaching its 1000th sign up of the uni year.

Sheffield Marrow is a student branch of the charity Anthony Nolan, which works to fight blood cancer by getting more people on the donor bone marrow register.

Anthony Nolan saves the lives of those with blood
cancer, including leukaemia, by matching them with people who are happy to donate their bone marrow or blood stem cells.

Society President Rachel Sheard President said: "We want to say a big thank you to every person who took the time to stop and do something wonderful by signing up and becoming a potential lifesaver at one of our events.

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"What’s amazing is that out of this 1000 people recruited, we can expect 10 people to go on to provide life-saving stem cell donations.”

The society is currently backing an appeal for Astrid, a 41 year old mother, who has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukaemia and only has a few months to left to find a match.

As Astrid is of Nigerian and European heritage, and needs to find a donor of African-European/Caucasian
origin, she currently has over three times less of a chance of finding a match than Europeans.

If you are between 16 and 30 and in good health, you can register to be a match
here.