On Tuesday night, there was an important debate in parliament about access to stem cell transplants. In this blog, our Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Amelia Chong, explains what happened and talks about making the patient voice heard.
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In 1984, Sara Davies was asked to donate her stem cells to a complete stranger – Catherine Naylor. It was a historic moment, because it was the first time anyone had attempted to treat Catherine’s illness (chronic myeloid leukaemia) with a stem cell transplant.
More than 30 years on, Sara’s daughter Kate is doing something incredible; raising lifesaving funds for Anthony Nolan. Here, she kindly shares the amazing inter-generational story:
Illnesses and diseases have been with humans since the dawn of time. But sometimes – with good medicine, and research – we’ve been able to prevent illnesses from spreading too far or affecting too many lives. Find out more in our handy graphic:
In over 50 universities across the UK, our amazing Marrow students recruit donors to the Anthony Nolan register, raise vital funds, and spread the word. And every year, Marrowers come from across the country for our annual Marrow AGM, to discuss ideas, plan ahead, and celebrate all of their astonishing achievements.
Despite overwhelming support for our cause from our supporters and friends, NHS England has confirmed that it will not routinely fund second stem cell transplants for patients who have relapsed.
This is our full December 2016 statement on this deeply disappointing development.
Some of the most incredible, lifesaving medical discoveries happened completely by accident. Want to know more? Take a look at our list of just a few fascinating examples…