Families and friends of Patients - Want to Help
It’s New Year’s Eve and resolutions will be coming to the forefront of our minds.
It often feels that as a carer, friend or family member that there is relatively little that you can do for your loved one going through their treatment. But, there are some easy things that can be done to help others in the same situation as your loved ones. Clearly, registering with Anthony Nolan as a potential donor is a massive help, but that is largely for the under 30’s .... lucky things!
But, we all know, or have seen, the vast quantities of blood products that our loved ones will have received in their treatment before and, particularly during and immediately after transplant. Nearly all of us (under 66) can be blood and platelet donors. That seems like a really effective, and easy, way to make a contribution to the treatment and care of our loved ones - something like 65% of platelet donations go to cancer patients.
So....when it comes to midnight tonight, let’s all try to make a commitment to become a donor of one kind or another, or, if you already are, to try and encourage another person to become a donor.
Happy new year,