Bangor man runs to raise funds for, and awareness of, blood cancer charity

11th April 2016

Bangor man runs to raise funds for, and awareness of, blood cancer charity.

A man from Bangor is taking part in several runs in Northern Ireland to help those in need of a lifesaving blood stem cell donation. Andy Brown, who is from Bangor, hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for Delete Blood Cancer UK by taking part in runs in Belfast, Bangor, Lisburn and Newtownards. He is also doing it to raise awareness of how people could save the life of someone with a blood cancer by registering as a potential blood stem cell donor with the charity.

A blood stem cell donation is the only chance of survival for many blood cancer patients who will die if a matching donor isn’t found for them. A matching donor not being found doesn’t mean that there is nobody with a tissue type compatible with the patient. There could be someone out there with a tissue type that matches the patient’s, meaning they could save their life, but tragically, they may not be registered as a potential blood stem donor. That is why Delete Blood Cancer UK works to increase the numbers of people registered as potential blood stem cell donors.

Speaking about why he is undertaking the runs, Andy says: “My reasons for raising funds for Delete Blood Cancer UK are because very few of my friends know about the charity and the potential help they could provide a person or people by donating and being on the donor register.”

Praising Andy for supporting the charity, Jenny Clegg, Head of Communications at Delete Blood Cancer UK, said: “It is fantastic that Andy is running to help those in need of a blood stem cell donation. Not only will it raise valuable funds for the charity, it will raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor.”

You can support Andy by donating at: https://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Brown78

You can register in five minutes online and request a cheek swab kit that will enable you to do your own tissue test to go on the database to maybe one day become a blood stem cell donor, through the Delete Blood Cancer UK website: www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk

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Contact:
• For further information please contact Una Farrell, PR & Communications Manager, on 020 3176 7642 or at una.farrell@deletebloodcancer.org.uk

Note to editors:
• Andy is available for interview.
• Delete Blood Cancer UK launched in the UK in February 2013. Our key mission is to recruit, retain and motivate potential stem cell donors to save patients’ lives. We are part of the DKMS family of organisations worldwide. Please communicate our website details: www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk for public information on how to register as a potential stem cell donor, stem cell donation and news.