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It’s a match for Vice President Academic
John-Paul is a bone marrow match!

posted 10th April 2017 at 4:30pm

You never think it will happen to you, but sometimes it does happen to you or someone very close to you. That’s why we support all of our Student Led projects from the Homeless Period to Guide Dogs and everything in-between, we know it can make a huge difference to someone’s life.

Very recently, your Vice President Academic Affairs received a phone call from Anthony Nolan, he was told that he was a match for someone in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. A few more tests later and everything was confirmed, John-Paul had a date set to help save someone’s life.

Three years ago Lincoln Marrow was created and has been active around campus ever since; asking people to become donors using their tag line ‘give a spit, save a life’ and that is exactly what John-Paul did.

John-Paul said: “After signing up in first year through the student-led project I didn’t really think I would get called up, but I got an email through in February saying I was a potential match and had to give blood samples to confirm it, which was a quick and easy process.

“Only last week was it confirmed that I was a match – which I was surprised and shocked about – but the feeling that you are saving someone’s life is so rewarding”

Without Lincoln Marrow, John-Paul may never have signed up which is why these projects are so important to get involved with or to start your own. Many people have reservations about becoming a donor due to the process of removing the marrow but surgery is usually a final option for Anthony Nolan.

John-Paul said: “The next stage will be having a medical examination and then the donation which will take place in late May.

“They will be using a procedure called Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) collection, which will mean blood and stem cells will be taken out of one arm, in to a machine, then back into my other arm with the stem cells extracted in about four to five hours.”

We wish John Paul and the recipient the best of luck for the donation in May!

If you are interested in becoming a donor or joining the Lincoln Marrow team you can email lincolnmarrow@gmail.com or like their page on Facebook to find out more https://www.facebook.com/lincolnmarrow/?fref=ts