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06 March 2019

Student’s Generosity and Selflessness Helps to Save a Life

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Rhianna Larkai, a Level 3 Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care learner, decided to join the Anthony Nolan register two years ago following a presentation delivered at College by a representative of the Anthony Nolan Charity, with Rhianna sending off a cheek swab to join the register.

Anthony Nolan is a charity that matches incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. The charity educates young people about the lifesaving difference they can make by joining their register. They further conduct ground-breaking research to improve the success rates of transplants and improve the lives of all people with blood cancer and provide support, advice and information for people with blood cancer and their families.

Whenever a patient with blood cancer or a blood disorder needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant, the charity searches the register, looking for someone who is a genetic match for that patient. A month ago, the Anthony Nolan charity contacted Rhianna to inform her that she is a match and asked her if she was still willing to donate as they have a patient with blood cancer who needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant. Rhianna was more than willing to help. The procedure took place at a private clinic in Harley Street where she donated her stem cells via her bloodstream, a straightforward process called peripheral blood stem cell collection (9 out of 10 people donate their stem cells through this method).  

Rhianna’s story is so inspirational that her lecturers have asked her to deliver a presentation to other Health and Social Care learners to educate them about the lifesaving difference they can make.

It all starts with someone being ready and willing to help. Rhianna’s generosity and selflessness has helped saved someone’s life.