RESPONSE register support to Anthony Nolan Donor Trust
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:16
Employees at RESPONSE have pledged their support for the Anthony Nolan Trust, with nearly 200 staff joining the bone marrow register.
Nearly 200 employees at contact management centre RESPONSE in Glasgow have pledged their support for the Anthony Nolan Trust, by joining the bone marrow register at a donor recruitment event, which was organised and hosted by Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.
The clinic was organised to support the son of one of RESPONSE's contractors who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia last year. Following a nationwide search a matching donor was found through the Anthony Nolan register for three year old Ryan Ferguson. He received his life-saving bone marrow transplant this January and is now at home with his family.
Every year thousands of children like Ryan and adults with fatal bone marrow diseases, such as leukaemia and aplastic anemia, reach a stage where their only hope of survival is a bone marrow transplant from a donor who shares the same tissue type.
Although family members, mainly siblings, may offer the best
match, unfortunately, 70% of patients do not have a suitable
sibling match and are therefore reliant on an unrelated donor to
offer them the chance of life.
RESPONSE's employees who joined the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow register could now potentially become lifesavers and give someone the chance at a life that previously they may never have been able to fulfil.
Julie McIntosh, Director of People and Culture at RESPONSE said: "The level of support that has been generated as a result of the lifesaving treatment Ryan received has really made a huge impact on the staff and encouraged many to get involved and sign up to the register, which is wonderful news. A small gesture to get involved can make a huge difference in the future to saving someone's life and it has been extremely encouraging to see such significant levels of support."