The Stem Cell project is helping to save lives thanks to hundreds of DMU Square Mile volunteers who are encouraging people in Leicester to ‘give a spit’.
Working closely with Anthony Nolan and The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign, #DMUlocal has helped break multiple records by signing up thousands of stem cell donors, who could one day save the life of someone with blood cancer.
By spending time in schools, colleges and other city venues, student volunteers have raised awareness about blood cancers such as leukaemia and how easy it is to sign up to the stem cell register.
Likewise, donating stem cells is usually a simple and painless process similar to giving blood.
Armed with this information, #DMUlocal has organised dozens of events with partners across the city, including:
- #Raceto1000, in which 1,020 donors were registered in a single day, smashing a national record
- #PassItOnLeicester, which saw 30 days of stem cell drives across Leicester and ended at DMU, recruiting 2,068 new donors
As a result, thousands of people aged 16 to 30 have been added to the Anthony Nolan register, making Leicester second only to London for the number of donor sign-ups.
Someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every 20 minutes in the UK, equating to about 25,000 people a year.
Of those, 2,000 people a year need a bone marrow transplant to survive, but without more people registered as donors, around half of those people will never find the match they need.
It is for this reason that DMU Square Mile volunteers are needed for these potentially life-saving stem cell events.
Along with the obvious benefit of helping people sign up to the Anthony Nolan register, volunteers also gain valuable experience working with communities across Leicester to make their CV stand out.
If you would like to take part in the Stem Cell project, visit the DMU Square Mile website for further information about how to apply.
Or to find out more about #DMUlocal projects, click here.