166 UWE staff and students signed up for the bone marrow register during the first event organised by UWE Marrow. Each of them can save a life, if it turns out they are a match for a patient with leukemia.
UWE Marrow is happy with the result: “A typical first event would usually get 30-50 people so for us to get 166 sign ups was unbelievable! At our 100th sign up we’d already reached a milestone as statistically by that point we’d saved a life,” says Caoimhe Sweeney, Media and Publicity Officer for UWE Marrow.
Most bone marrow donations are conducted by a simple blood transfusion (in which all your blood is returned to you, except the blood-making stem cells that leukaemia patients need), rather than the traditional aspiration of the bone marrow itself using a needle. The procedure takes a couple of hours, but can give someone a chance to enjoy a long life.
“All it takes to register is a 10 minute form and a counselling session with one of us to ensure you’re ‘Fit to Spit’ and you could save someone’s life! ”
UWE Marrow is preparing a lot of other events – some of them will fundraise and other will encourage people to join the bone marrow register.
The team is looking for more volunteers to make UWE’s impact in fighting leukemia even bigger.
By Yuliya Kosharevska