Blood cancer patient calls for more donations after life-saving treatment

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A blood cancer patient from Northampton, who received life-saving stem cells on his wedding anniversary, is calling for more people to sign up to the donor register.

Russ Watson, from Kingsthorpe, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, in 2012, aged 37.

After intensive chemotherapy for nine months it was apparent he needed stem cells, for which someone with perfectly matching cells needed to be found.

After a long wait, someone who was signed up to the Anthony Nolan register in Germany was found and the stem cells were couriered to Northampton General Hospital on his and wife Sarah’s second wedding anniversary.

Mr Watson, who is now waiting to see if his body accepts the new immune system, said: “I might never get to meet this person who may have saved my life, but we are both incredibly grateful.

“They didn’t have to do it, but their simple act has given me another chance.”

Anyone can sign up to the Anthony Nolan register and in the event you are a match for a cancer patient, you can save a life by giving stem cells, which these days is similar to giving blood.

Sarah, who with friend Becky Harris, has signed to run the London Marathon for The Anthony Nolan Trust said: “I’ll forever be grateful to this person. Such an incredibly simple act can save the life of someone like Russ.”

She will also be hosting a charity fashion show on March 14, at The Picturedrome, in Kettering Road, Tickets will be £10.

They are on sale at The Picturedrome, Two Seasons, Northampton Running Shop or by emailing Sarah