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In our Embarrassing Bodies special on Charlotte Wilson we showed the technique used to source donor bone marrow from Charlotte’s younger sister. Charlotte was one of the lucky 30% who found a match through a relative, but 70% of patients suffering from leukaemia and other blood disorders rely on strangers who have joined bone marrow registers, such as that of The Anthony Nolan Trust.

The Anthony Nolan Trust was established in the early 1970s and has grown from the personal crusade of one mother to become a world leader in the field of tissue type analysis and tissue transplant technology.

Charlotte was fortunate in that she had an exact match in her younger sister, but many people don’t have close relatives that are able to donate, and that is where the The Anthony Nolan Trust comes in. There are 1,400 people in the UK and 16,000 people worldwide who require a bone marrow transplant. In 2008 The Anthony Nolan Trust supplied over 800 people with transplants, but this was still only half of the total number of people requiring a transplant. A transplant is usually a patient’s last hope of survival, so the need for more donors is urgent.

The Anthony Nolan Trust holds regular recruitment clinics, but it is easy for people to apply to join the register by going to the charity’s website and requesting a registration pack.

By sending in a saliva sample and filling in the medical form, successful applicants will be added to the register and matched against people suffering from a variety of blood diseases.

There are two methods for collecting bone marrow, detailed here, with the vast majority of donations taking place via PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection) – a method similar to giving blood undertaken as a simple outpatient appointment.

To find out more about The Anthony Nolan Trust click here >

To request a saliva pack and join the bone marrow register click here >

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Hello, Please can you tell me if l can go on the Bone marrow reg ? l am 63 years old. If l cant please can you tell me why. Thank you Lucy





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I would assume if you arent in fit shape then they would likely refuse you and it's probably because of high risk diseases like osteoparothis and corony heart failure and stuff, what they do though is you fill in all the details including medical questions and they will assess your application and let you know if you are fit to donate marrow. Good luck.

Hi there,I'm 21 and I had leukaemia when I was 12 and had a bone marrow transplant,my sister was a match.When I was 16 I had a relapse and I had to have another bone marrow transplant.It saved my life,you saved my life!Thankyou everyone from the bottom of my heart!X





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I'm 22 and would love to help another person if would give you the best feeling ever





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Please can you tell me why people over 30 cannot be on the register?





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iM 18 CAN I APPLY & HOW DO I?





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hello iam 21 years i just want to know how can i contact embarassing bodis i have got a lot of problam in my body make me unhappy thank





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hello iam 23 years i just want to know how can i contact embarassing bodis i have got a lot of problam in my body make me unhappy thank

I have a neurological condition which I receive immunoglobulin treatment every three weeks would I still be able to donate?





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can you be a donor if you are on regular medication.





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