Can you help a supporter in need?
Northampton Town supporter Emily Rootes is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant.
She is searching for a donor and to help, we are hosting an Anthony Nolan clinic at the Harrow Borough game on Saturday.
If you want to join the Anthony Nolan register, and to see if you are a match for Emily, please come to the Grosvenor Casino 1897 Suite anytime between noon and 3pm on Saturday.
Anyone between the ages of 16 and 30 can join the register.
When you arrive, you will be required to fill out an application form, then spit in a tube - that is enough to put you on the register. Please do not eat or drink for 20 minutes before the test.
You will remain on the register until you are 60.
Whenever a patient with blood cancer or a blood disorder needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant, Anthony Nolan search the register, looking for someone who is a genetic match for that patient.
There is about a 1 in 900 chance you will be a match in the next 5 years, but by being on the register you are giving people as much a better chance of finding a match.
9 out of 10 people donate their stem cells in a quick and easy process similar to giving blood, called peripheral blood stem cell collection.
1 in 10 donors will have their stem cells collected via the bone marrow itself, while under general anaesthetic.
Does it hurt to donate bone marrow or stem cells?
Short answer – no. Anthony Nolan have spoken to countless donors who only have positive things to say about the experience.
Volunteers are also needed on the day, to talk to those signing up on the register. If you are willing to be a volunteer, please report to the Grosvenor Casino 1897 Suite at 11.45am for a short, informal briefing.