Stourbridge MP supports bone marrow donation drive

Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb has thrown her support behind a drive for increased bone marrow donation after meeting with a local cancer sufferer who is raising awareness of the cause.

Suzanne invited Simon Wilkes to her office in the town on Saturday on World Marrow Donor Day to discuss how people can join the register and then donate their bone marrow to help save lives.

Simon was diagnosed with the rare blood cancer 'Myelodysplastic Syndromes' in 2013. At the time, he was a well-known local football coach. He joined the MDS UK Patient Support Group and works with the charity Anthony Nolan, along with others.

There is a global registry with millions of donors but more potential volunteer donors need to be recruited if more people are to be helped with matches. Suzanne said:

“Meeting Simon on World Marrow Donor Day was important and I fully support efforts to expand the register and recognise the tremendous work he does in our community.

“Simon is a family friend of Sam Astley, who made the news recently for declining Euros tickets to donate bone marrow - an act of kindness that has done much to promote this cause.

“I hope people will see this is a worthwhile cause and get registered to help those with rare conditions like Simon’s.”

Simon added: “It was a pleasure and I felt privileged to meet Suzanne on World Marrow Donor Day to discuss the importance of Stem Cell donation.

"It is also Blood Cancer awareness month and Suzanne was keen to hear about our fundraising efforts over the years for various charities, along with us raising awareness of MDS UK and Anthony Nolan.”

Details of how to register to be a donor can be found at anthonynolan.org. The charity is looking for donors aged 16-30.

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