18 April 2018
A teenager cancer survivor has launched the ‘Great Orchestra Adventure’ to raise awareness and inspire orchestras to register as potential lifesavers.
Beatrice Edwards, 22, the mastermind behind the campaign following her own battle with blood cancer, is a keen musician and this is the inspiration behind the campaign.
Beatrice is a member of The People's Orchestra. On Saturday 21 April they will host a concert, at West Bromwich Town Hall, to encourage the audience to register as a blood stem cell donors and vital raise funds for us and Anthony Nolan.
Beatrice said: "I'm looking forward to hosting the concert and raising awareness of the importance of blood stem cell donations to urge more people to join the registry.
"I want to encourage other orchestras to get involved with the campaign and spread the message."
Update from 26 April
Not only was the concert a success, but it saw Beatrice overcome her fear of public speaking:
Last night I faced one of my biggest fears; public speaking. I spoke on a big stage to lots of people about my blood cancer experience, the @goacampaign and @AnthonyNolan and @DKMS_uk and I've never been so proud of myself.
— Beatrice Edwards (@SfBeatrice) April 22, 2018
Beatrice’s blood cancer journey
Nearly four years ago, just before her 18th birthday, Beatrice was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
After numerous of gruelling rounds of chemotherapy she was told her best chance of survival would be to receive a lifesaving blood stem cell transplant.
Finding a match
Beatrice's three siblings were tested to see if they were a match and fortunately her brother was identified as a match.
In 2014 she received the transplant and has since made a full recovery. She is now determined to help others needing a matching donor find their lifesavers.
How you can help
Find out more about the campaign and purchase your tickets to the concert on 21 April 2018.
Anyone between the ages of 17-55 and in good general health can go on standby to potentially save a life. Check your eligibility and sign up as a potential blood stem cell donor today.