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Covered Magazine: August 2014

July 31, 2014 12:21 PM

Do you have what it takes to be a superhero?

Superheroes are described as a type of hero or saviour possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena or superhuman powers and dedicated to protecting the public. Does this sound like you?

I've partnered with the Anthony Nolan charity to hunt for more selfless superheroes who can help save lives here in Leeds North West.

The Anthony Nolan charity is searching for more local heroes to join their bone marrow register in the fight against blood cancer and the search is underway as the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register has been mapped across the UK by local area for the first time.

The charity have informed me that there are 981 selfless people willing to donate their stem cells or bone marrow to save the life of a stranger, here in Leeds North West and there are currently more than 525,000 people on the register overall.

The charity was the world's first bone marrow register and has been saving lives for four decades by matching remarkable people willing to donate their bone marrow to patients in desperate need of a transplant. Two thirds of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families so instead they turn to Anthony Nolan. Unfortunately, the charity can currently only find a match for around half of those who come to them so they urgently need more people to join the register.

Recently, I wrote to all the secondary schools in my area to ask them to consider allowing the Anthony Nolan charity to hold talks to students who are over the age of 16. To join the register you must be 16-30 years old and in good health; all you need to do is fill out a simple form online and spit into a tube. You can find out more by going to www.anthonynolan.org/superhero.