13th November 2010 Cambridge United - taking on Tamworth and leukaemia this Saturday
Cambridge United - taking on Tamworth and leukaemia this Saturday
While the lure of a home fixture to see the U's take on Tamworth is enough, there's an extra reason to visit the Abbey Stadium this Saturday 20 November. Cambridge United FC will play host to Anthony Nolan, the charity that finds matches for leukaemia patients who need a lifesaving stem cell (or bone marrow) transplant.
Just 30% of people who need a transplant will find a matching donor from within their families and with 1400 people in the UK hoping to find their matches, the need for donors is urgent. "Joining our register is really easy - we just need a saliva sample," said Jenner Large, donor recruitment manager for Anthony Nolan. "We especially need to get more young men signed up, as they're more likely to become donors."
Anyone interested in finding out more is urged to go along to The Supporter's Club at the Abbey Stadium from 1.30pm till 5.30pm on Saturday 20 November. To join the register, you must be aged 18-40, weigh over 8 stone (51kg) and be in general good health.
Cambridge United staff are proud to support the lifesaving cause. Martin Ling, CUFC's manager, said, "By spending just a little more time at the ground on Saturday, you could sign up to see if you could save someone's life. It's a simple process and you're giving someone the hope of life."
The link between football and Anthony Nolan's work is great. Not only do young, male supporters make the best donors, but Liverpool and Australia goalkeeper, Brad Jones, pledged his support to the cause when his son, Luca, was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year. Luca received a transplant in September. "It's so easy to join the register," explains Brad, "and everyone who joins could be a match for someone who desperately needs a transplant and give them that hope of life."