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Wick Round Table - UK Round Table - Anthony Nolan Trust
“UK Save A Life“ Big Bike Tour 1 - 11 June 2002
In Wick On 1 June 2002
- Afternoon 2.00 - 4.00pm
Every year thousands of people in the UK and around the world have their lives shattered by devastating news. Leukaemia and other bone marrow diseases strike indiscriminately and have a profound effect on all concerned.
For many patients without a family match, volunteer donors offer the only chance of life.
The Anthony Nolan Trust along with The Round Table organisation is launching a life-saving bike ride from John O’Groats to Lands End, the event takes place 1 - 11 June 2002. The bike team will be staying at Mackays Hotel, Wick on Friday night 30 May. they will set off on the next part of their journey to the next clinic destination whilst the clinic session is held in Wick organised by Wick Round Table.
As part of this momentous event we are holding
clinics along the route giving the community the chance to join the donor
register. Volunteers joining the ANT Register must be aged between 18 - 40
years, in good general health, weigh over 8 stone and be willing to donate
to any patient they match.
A blood sample is required to join the ANT register, however, if matched with a patient the donor must be prepared to donate stem cells in hospital. Further details on the Anthony Nolan web site
You could offer the chance of life to some one.
For you the first step is easy.
Who Can Volunteer?
Weigh over 8 stone (7.5 stones for Asian /Oriental donors)
You are NOT OK as a donor if you are very
over weight but the team will check this.
Other Details Required
What Happens If You Are Chosen To Be A Donor?
Two methods of obtaining stem cells - all donors MUST be prepared to donate stem cells from the Marrow. Stem cells are found in the blood stream (peripheral blood) as well as the marrow, but in much smaller numbers.
Harvesting Of STEM CELLS FROM THE MARROW - 2 night stay in hospitalin London, night before and night after the procedure. Marrow drawn from the back of the pelvis, using needles & syringes under general anaesthetic. After effects: soreness and bruising in the hip (site of harvest) , tiredness and lethargy expected until marrow replenished in body - approx 10 - 14 days.
Harvesting of STEM CELLS FROM THE
All donors are visited by one of the Donor Welfare Officers - follow up care given.
Marrow donors - advised to have at least one week off work - must be able to do this, and should not join if this is not possible. PBSC donors usually only have a day or two off work
Loss of earnings and travel expenses will be covered. A companion is advised to travel with the donor. A hotel will be paid for.
A donor may be asked to donate again if a patient relapses.
More detailed information will be available at clinics or from the Anthony Nolan Trust
If you are unsuitable to be a donor ask about helping in other ways.