Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, recently attended a thank you event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan, in recognition of his support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment.
The Ogmore MP backed the ‘Defend Second Transplants’ campaign after NHS England announced last July it would no longer routinely fund second stem cell transplants for people whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses. These transplants effect Welsh patients as most procedures occur over the border.
Chris Elmore MP said: “I am proud to have played my part to Defend Second Transplants, which ensures blood cancer patients will be offered potentially lifesaving treatment.
“Speaking to patients and experts at Anthony Nolan brings home just how important funding for second transplants is – thanks to this campaign people with blood cancer and blood disorders, whose disease relapses, have been given another chance of life.”
At Wednesday’s event, held in the House of Commons, Anthony Nolan awarded certificates, featuring messages of gratitude from patients, to thank parliamentary supporters for their involvement. Anthony Nolan’s Patient Ambassador Emma Paine also attended; 29-year-old Emma has received two stem cell transplants to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and has now recovered and is returning to work.
“Because of my second transplant I’m stronger, I have my freedom back, and I can plan for the future,” said Emma. “Thanks to all the people who took action, and the MPs who supported this campaign, this vital treatment is now an option for the people who need it.”