Why do we do this? Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with Leukaemia and other blood cancers. For some people, a bone marrow transplant is the only chance of survival. Unfortunately only about 50% of people who need a donor will find one, and this is where we come in. We run recruitment events at the university campus and in halls of residence where we sign people up to the register. The more people on the bone marrow register, the greater the chances of someone with blood cancer finding a match.
Become a volunteer
Leeds Marrow is one of the fastest growing societies at Leeds University, as well as the biggest student marrow group in the country. Last year we signed up over 2000 people to the register, some of whom may be found to be a match and potentially save the life of someone with blood cancer. As well as running recruitment events, we organise lots of fundraisers throughout the year, as well as plenty of socials. We're a close knit society who have a lot of fun, whilst saving lives in the process.
Want to find out more? Come to one of our intro sessions this term, where we will fill you in on everything we do, and if you think you would enjoy working with us, you can sign up for training. To sign up for an intro session, click here.
Joining the register
Joining the bone marrow register is simple, you just fill in a very basic medical form and give a spit sample. You’re then on the Anthony Nolan register until 60. Chances are you might never hear from us again, however you might end up being a match for someone with cancer, and could potentially save their life. For a list of our upcoming recruitment events, click here.
If you are found to be a match, you will be asked to do some simple tests to make sure you are a suitable donor, and then you will travel down to London or Sheffield to donate. There are two methods of donation. For 90% of people, donating is a very similar procedure to giving blood, and the remainder donate via a bone marrow harvest. More information on donation can be found here.There are a lot of myths about bone marrow donation being extremely painful, this is NOT the case! Most people experience flu-like symptoms or feelings similar to having played a hard game of football. Plus, you come away knowing that you might have saved someone's life!