News — February 28, 2013 19:30

LFC Supports Search for Bone Marrow Donors

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Liverpool FC is backing a campaign to help find donors that could potentially save more lives of people suffering with blood cancer.

In partnership with Anthony Nolan, the UK’s leading blood cancer charity, a special event will be held at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium on Monday 25 March to find potential donors to help those who are in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

Liverpool FC goalkeeper, Brad Jones and his partner Dani Lawrence, who is an Ambassador of the Anthony Nolan Charity, are supporting the event after Brad tragically lost his son to Leukaemia over a year ago.

Dani said: “We are delighted that LFC is backing this event to help raise more awareness of blood cancer.

“Luca was a happy and healthy four year-old boy when he got diagnosed with Leukaemia. You never think it will happen to your family but, if it does you, hope that there’s enough people who have become potential donors to give your loved one another chance at life.

“We particularly need young men aged 16-30 to sign up as they account for 80 per cent of bone marrow donations, yet make up just 12 per cent of our register,” she added.

1 - (L-R) LFC goalkeeper, Brad Jones and partner Dani Lawrence with Lucas Leiva supporting the Anthony Nolan recruitment drive at Anfield on 25 March

Liverpool FC midfielder, Lucas Leiva and the Liverpool FC Foundation, the Club’s official charity, are also behind the drive and has provided its Youth Ambassadors to be on hand as volunteers for the day.

Mark Haig, Liverpool FC Foundation’s Head of Operations, said: “Our Foundation is dedicated to improving people’s lives through the power of the LFC badge. Cancer is a major public health issue on Merseyside. Working closely with Liverpool NHS and Cancer Research UK the Liverpool FC Foundation promotes cancer awareness and healthier lifestyles as part of all its programmes.

“In supporting Anthony Nolan it gives our community the chance to help others. We urge as many people to come down to Anfield and take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in combating cancer.”

The event will take place in the Reds Lounge, Centenary Stand, Anfield Stadium from 3.00pm-7.00pm on Monday 25 March. People can give a small saliva sample to join the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register and there will be a raffle for everyone who registers. Prizes will include a signed shirt from the LFC first team and a bike donated by the Liverpool FC Foundation.

If people would like to join the register but are unable to make the event, they can sign up online at www.anthonynolan.org/spit. The charity has nearly 470,000 people on the register but we can still only find a suitable donor for around half of those who come to us in need.

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