If someone has a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, the only chance of saving their life could be a stem cell transplant. But those stem cells have to come from someone with a matching tissue type, which, if you are Jewish, is far more likely to be from someone who is also Jewish.
Every year, there are over 1,000 Jewish people around the world who need an unrelated stem cell donor to save their life. There is now an urgent need to regularly replenish the stock of Jewish stem cell donors on the national register. There is a particular clinical preference for donors aged between 16-24.
In the week of 16-20 November, we are joining forces with Marrow, the student wing of Anthony Nolan, for Hero Week.
It takes literally a few minutes to be swabbed, and you could make a lifesaving difference if you are a match. Indeed, one of our Swab Squad recruits donated their stem cells to a patient last month.
Because of COVID, we cannot do in-person swab sessions this year, but the good news is that it is very simple to order a swab kit online.
If you are studying at one of the universities below, please click the relevant link to order your swab kit: