Pop a Blue Token in for us - It costs £40 to recruit & maintain ONE new donor to StemCell Register
Tesco Community Grants - Blue Token Scheme.
Please pop a Blue Token in the slot for Formby StemCellScousers.
StemCellScousers are part of the current Tesco Community Grants scheme in the following Southport stores, KEW, AINSDALE, BIRKDALE and CHAPEL STREET Southport Station until 31st March.
It costs £40 to recruit and maintain JUST ONE new donor to the StemCell Register. Kevin Dunne the founder of StemCellScousers is appealing to the Southport Area shoppers to vote with their Blue Tokens for StemCellScousers who will be in store at Tesco Kew on Friday 10th February from 10am to 4pm, promoting StemCell Donor Recruitment.
Kevin will be able to answer any questions you may have and there will be a poster with a QR Code which you can scan that takes you to the Donor Recruitment page of the Anthony Nolan website. Even if you are not able to register you can still be a LIFESAVER just by sharing the QR Code on your Social Media. Last year the “Anthony Nolan” helped around 2500 UK Blood Cancer Patients who were searching for a Donor, Very Sadly only 1350 found their Life Saving Donor.
“TOGETHER WE CAN DEFEAT BLOOD CANCER”
To date StemCellScousers and their supporters have donated £45.000.00 to the Anthony Nolan which is enough to fund 1125 New StemCell Donors. And fundraised for other Blood Cancer Charities and the Royal Liverpool Hospitals, taking their fundraising total to a fantastic £63,100.00
Kevin wants to thank all his family and friends, all the volunteers and the Amazing bands, “FORMBY FOLK ROUTES” “FORMBY UKE3A” “ THE WANDERERS” of Southport. And not least the Local Independent Business, Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets, for their fabulous support in making this possible. Well Done everybody!
StemCellScousers was formed in 2015 by Kevin Dunne, his wife Mary, his brother Tony and son Christopher after the Anthony Nolan Charity found Mary the ONLY matching Stem Cell Donor in the World. Mary had her Life Saving Stem Cell Transplant in September 2014 which cured her very aggressive Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Mary had a very late diagnosis, because back then GP’s were generally not aware that Flu like symptoms could also be those of Blood Cancer.
Mary’s Bone Marrow was 70% Leukaemia before the GP ordered that all important “Blood Test“.
Within days of that test, Mary was admitted to hospital for blood and Platelet transfusions, a Bone Marrow Biopsy and to start Chemotherapy. We Never expected she would be in hospital for the next 6 weeks for the first round of some very intensive treatment which included 3 Blood and Platelet Transfusions every week. The treatment was 4 Rounds of Chemotherapy followed by a StemCell Transplant. The whole process took 7 months and then followed 6 months of 3 or 4 visits per week to the Transplant Day Unit, for constant monitoring including more Blood and Platelet Transfusions.
Kevin and his family acknowledged they owed a huge debt of gratitude to the amazing lady Donor in the USA, to the Anthony Nolan Charity for finding her. And the Leukaemia Care Charity’s Liverpool Support Group who supported us through a very challenging journey. In May 2015 Kevin and Mary decided they needed to give Something Back. Along with family and other transplant patients StemCellScousers was born, and they began working with the Anthony Nolan and Leukaemia Care charities to raise awareness of the massive worldwide shortage of Stem Cell Donors and the need to educate GP’s “Could This Be Blood Cancer” Shall I do a Blood Test?