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Gordon thanks stem cell donors in Blackpool South for Blood Cancer campaign

Gordon has teamed up with the charity Anthony Nolan to thank the 502 people in his constituency who have registered with them as stem cell donors.Portrait_3.jpg

Young men aged between 16-30 are the most likely to be asked to donate to give someone with blood cancer or a blood disorder a second chance at life. The average age for donors in Blackpool South is 34 with 36% of donors in the community being male.

The figures come from the Anthony Nolan’s “Communities versus Blood Cancer” campaign, which celebrates the people who have already registered as donors. It also aims to raise awareness of the shortage of donors that still exists.

Gordon is now encouraging more local people, particularly men aged between 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds (where there is a real shortage), to register as stem cell donors.

He said: “I am very proud that there over 500 people in Blackpool South who have registered as a stem cell donor and selfishly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“I strongly hope that more people from across the town will be inspired to sign up and show that together, our communities can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “We’re grateful to all the registered donors in Blackpool South for helping us in our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

“Anthony Nolan’s pioneering research, dedicated nurses and patient-focused services mean we have increased the support patients receive at every stage of their transplant journey – but without the contribution of selfless donors, our vital work would be impossible.”

For more information about Anthony Nolan, visit www.anthonynolan.org

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