Marrow--making a difference from both sides
Nadia Stock and Ruth Pearson got involved with Marrow, a project that recruits people to the Anthony Nolan Trust's bone marrow register. But they did not realise just how big a part the organisation would play in their lives; Ruth was asked to donate and Nadia discovered that she needed a transplant
I first heard of the Anthony Nolan Trust when, in the synagogue for the Jewish New Year, I found a leaflet on my seat advertising a bone marrow drive for a student with leukaemia. I recognised the picture instantly; Karen Morris had been my leader on summer camp several times, but only then did I first heard of her illness. At the time, I was too young to join the register, but when I started at Newcastle Medical School in 2000 and heard about Marrow, I knew I wanted to get involved. I joined the register, trained as a counsellor, and in October 2001 helped at my first clinic.
Roughly 12 months later, I was still trying to juggle my usual 101 extracurricular activities along with my degree, but I was feeling increasingly tired and unable to keep up. I even resorted to taking afternoon naps. When I complained to