Save A Life At Langstone Technology Park
On Thursday 29th September 2011 Langstone Technology Park will be hosting a donor recruitment event in the hope of finding a suitable bone marrow donor for 8 year old Oliver Baylis.
Oliver, from Horsham, West Sussex, was born with severe Congenital Neutropenia / Kostmanns, which means that his body does not make any Neutrophils ΓÇô the white blood cells that fight bacteria. Oliver has been determined to live as much of a normal life as possible, despite frequent trips to hospital with various infections. A month before his 8th birthday, Oliver’s family found out he had started to develop Leukaemia.
Now Oliver desperately needs to find a matching donor for a blood stem cell transplant. His brothers aren’t a match, so his family have launched an appeal with the help of the pioneering Anthony Nolan charity, who are devoted to matching up donors and patients, to try to find a suitable donor.
Are you a potential donor?
If you are aged between 18 and 40, weigh over 8 stone and are in good health, Langstone Technology Park would like to invite you to this potentially lifesaving event taking place tomorrow, Thursday 29th September.
In particular males aged 18-30 are encouraged to come along as they are the most common match, yet this demographic only make up 12% of the volunteer register, so anyone who fits the bill are encouraged to come along to the event and see if they could be a potential life-saving donor.
Volunteers will be required to provide a saliva sample to determine what tissue type they are. The test will take less than ten minutes and further information and a disclaimer will be issued on arrival.
Local football team Havant & Waterlooville are supporting the event and many of the team are attending to take the test and encourage their supporters and fans to do the same.
In the UK on average, 70 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer every day – equating to one every 23 minutes.
Lynsey Dickson, regional recruitment manager for Anthony Nolan, said: “There are thousands of people like Oliver in desperate need of a transplant but we can only find matching donors for half of them.
“We particularly need men aged 18-30 to come forward as they are more likely to be asked to donate so could help us to save more lives. We urge people to find out more about donating as it’s much easier than most people think.”
- Where: Langstone Technology Park, Havant PO9 1SA
- Date: Thursday 29th September 2011
- Time: 12-7pm