MURDO FRASER MSP, ANTHONY NOLAN AND THE SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE CELEBRATE SCOTTISH LIFESAVERS ON THE STEM CELL REGISTER
Residents in the Mid Scotland and Fife region have been praised by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan for the people in their community who are registered as stem cell donors.
To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Murdo Fraser MSP has revealed that Mid Scotland and Fife is in the top five in Scotland for having the most stem cell donors on the register. Mr Fraser collected a certificate on behalf of the Mid Scotland and Fife region from the charity at a reception held recently at the Scottish Parliament.
This achievement is being celebrated by Anthony Nolan and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign.
In the Mid Scotland and Fife region, 10,909 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. Twenty-six per cent of these donors are males aged between 16 and 30.
The average age of the donors is 31.
In total, more than 760,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.
Mr Fraser is encouraging more people from the Mid Scotland and Fife region, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors.
Commenting, he said: “I am very proud that my constituency has 10,909 registered donors, any one of whom could offer the only chance of giving someone with blood cancer 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.”