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ROUND THE ISLAND WALK TO MARK BLOOD STEM CELL DONATION

bloodcancerbrianTo celebrate the third anniversary of the blood stem cell donation that saved his life, islander Brian Baggott will be walking non-stop around the Isle of Wight on 20th June.

Brian, who was treated for leukaemia in 2012 at the age of 38, is undertaking the walk in order to fundraise and raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor. Having received blood stem cells which successfully treated his leukaemia, he is very keen to encourage more people to register as potential donors with Delete Blood Cancer UK.

Brian has been training for his mammoth island trek since February and has been clocking up miles every weekend in preparation. He now feels ready for his walk which will take place on the third anniversary of his blood stem cell donation.

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Speaking about the anniversary and his walk, Brian said:

“Having reached the third anniversary of my transplant, I wanted to do something to show everyone how important registering as a lifesaver can be. Without the selfless donation of blood stem cells from my donor, I wouldn’t have the chance to do the walk, and in my mind there is no way better to celebrate the anniversary than walking around the beautiful Isle of Wight.”

bloodcancerfestivalCongratulating Brian on his anniversary, Deirdra Taylor, Director of Communications and External Relations at Delete Blood Cancer UK, said:

“If ever you need a demonstration of why it is so important to register as a blood stem cell donor, it is Brian. Not only has he recovered from the leukaemia, he is able to undertake this epic walk, provide a fundraising focus, and raise awareness, all at the same time!”

“I wish him all the best on his walk – and a good rest afterwards!”

You can register in five minutes online and request a cheek swab kit that will enable you to do your own tissue test to go on the database to maybe one day become a blood stem cell donor, through the Delete Blood Cancer UK website: www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk.

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