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Transplant survivor inspires bone marrow donor registration drive in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 February 2015

Chris Spencer survived a debilitating disease thanks to a bone marrow transplant facilitated by the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity

Chris Spencer survived a debilitating disease thanks to a bone marrow transplant facilitated by the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity

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The general manager of a sports centre, who owes his life to a bone marrow transplant, has urged young men to sign up to be future donors.

Chris Spencer, 49, who works at the Everyone Active Sports Centre in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, hosted a bone marrow recruitment event to give potential donors the chance to join the Anthony Nolan register.

Chris developed myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2013 and required a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.

The transplant was arranged by Anthony Nolan and now Chris is keen to raise awareness.

He said: “It’s important that we raise awareness for every person who needs a bone marrow transplant. Without a steady stream of young people joining the register, other people like me may not be given a second chance.” .

Anthony Nolan is a charity which specialises in the areas of leukaemia and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

The staff and clients of Everyone Active are also looking to get involved and plan to raise £100,000 by setting up a range of activities.

Alison Ford, regional sales and business manager at Everyone Active, described the Anthony Nolan charity as “an important, worthwhile cause”.

Shed added: “For thousands of people with blood cancers, their only hope of survival is a donation of healthy stem cells.”

For more information about Anthony Nolan, or to sign up online, visit anthonynolan.org

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