Getting to the bones of the matter
A charity group has been set up by medical students to find bone marrow donors. Jules Harvey explains
- By: John Julian Harvey
“Marrow” is part of the Anthony Nolan Trust and serves to give every university student in Britain the chance to join the national bone marrow register. It is run by medical students, though it is still funded and supplied by the trust.
In 1997, a 22 year old university student died from leukaemia, expedited by the delay in finding a suitable bone marrow donor. This delay was caused by the lack of potential donors on the bone marrow register and was further compounded by the fact that she came from an ethnic minority.
This student was a friend of a then fourth year medical student at Nottingham University. Surrounded by thousands of healthy students and spurred on by the untimely death of a friend, he had a brilliant idea: why not recruit students to the bone marrow register?
After discussion with the trust, “Marrow” was founded in 1998. This was