North East comes out on top for stem cell donors



27 September 2019

Lewis Macdonald has welcomed the news that the North East is the number one region in Scotland for stem cell donors, with 13, 637 potential life savers signed up to help provide treatment for those with blood cancer.

To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Lewis joined charity Anthony Nolan in celebrating North East stem cell donors at a reception on Thursday 19 September in the Scottish Parliament.

This achievement is being marked by Anthony Nolan as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign – which shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.

Lewis said :

“I am very proud that the North East has the most numbers of registered stem cell donors of any region in Scotland.

“Any of these donors could offer the only chance of giving someone with blood cancer a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“In the last year 1,660 selfless people from the North East joined the Anthony Nolan register, each one representing hope for patients with blood cancer, and blood disorders, in need of matching stem cell donors.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said:

“This Blood Cancer Awareness Month residents can be proud of all the lifesavers in your community.

"To everyone from the North East who has taken the decision to join the register, thank you.

"We rely on young people aged 16-30 joining the register now to save lives in the future.

"Without you, there is no cure.”