Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has joined the DKMS stem cell donor register in the hope of being a match for a person suffering with blood cancer.
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia. Simply by using a straight forward swab kit, Mr Elmore was able to add his name to a register which will be cross-referenced with new patients who may be in need of treatment.
Mr Elmore commented: “Only one in three people will find a donor within their own family so it’s incredibly important that there is a big list of individuals who are willing to donate their stem cells if it means it could one day save somebody’s life. I’m proud to have joined the register and would encourage others to do so also.”
Mr Elmore also attended an event in Parliament with the Love Hope Strength Foundation to learn more about the issue.
The Ogmore MP continued: “Whilst many people are aware of the positives of being an organ donor, far fewer are aware that they could be a match for somebody’s stem cells. Please do send off for a swab kit to join the register – it only takes two minutes and you could one day save somebody’s life!”