Angela Constance MSP recently attended a reception in Holyrood to mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September, to celebrate the number of potential stem cell donors in the Almond Valley constituency on the Anthony Nolan register.
In Almond Valley 1168 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. This means Almond Valley is in the top of the rankings (29th out of 73 constituencies) 24% of these donors are men aged 16-30, and the average age is 30. In total, more than 760,000 people in the UK are on the register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.
Commenting, Angela Constance MSP said
"I am very proud that Almond Valley constituency has 1168 number of registered donors, any one of whom could offer the only chance of giving someone with blood cancer a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure. I would especially like to commend the great work of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service in engaging local communities, particularly in our secondary schools. They have recruited more than 50 people who have gone on to donate. Their steadfast commitment over the past 10 years has had a truly lifesaving impact."
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