North Tyneside MP backing call for more bone marrow donors

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon.

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon.

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North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon is backing a new campaign to recruit more stem cell and bone marrow donors.

The drive is being launched by Anthony Nolan, the charity that runs the national stem cell and bone marrow donor register.

Mrs Glindon said: “Selfless people donate their stem cells and bone marrow, but the state can help by recruiting more donors, boosting scientific research and providing long-term care for patients.

“In the next five years, more than 11,000 people with blood cancer or a blood disorder will depend upon a stem cell transplant from a stranger.”

Anthony Nolan chief executive Henny Braund added: “We need the Government to act now to accelerate research into why some patients survive and others do not, so that the precious chance of life provided by the donor is not wasted.

“The odds are not good enough, and we will not stop fighting until we reach our destination of a cure for everyone with blood cancer.”