I am writing to you today in the name of my cancer charity Love Hope Strength Foundation and appealing to your good nature to volunteer to help run bone marrow donor drives at venues on the forthcoming Big Country ‘The Journey Tour’. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and willing to take a one hour training course at one of the upcoming shows, please call the following number Tel: 07814 404877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to be factored into the event.
I also have arranged a training day in London on the afternoon of April 11th for anyone interested in taking part before the Big Country tour begins which will involve coming to the Big Country tour rehearsal studios in West London to take part in a volunteer training course on how to run a donor drive with the opportunity afterwards to hear a few songs performed live and to meet the band! Again, please call the following number Tel: 07814 404877 or email email@example.com if this is of interest and you would like to take part and attend.
As many of you will already know I am a cancer survivor who (since being diagnosed in December 2005), has had to learn to live with leukaemia (CLL) everyday. In the aftermath of my first run of successful chemotherapy treatment (and in the knowledge I was in remission), I set up the Love Hope Strength charity (which is now the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundation), to fight the disease on the frontline by creating music events at home and abroad involving walking (with fans and supporters), to such high places as Mt. Everest (2007), Kilimanjaro (2009) and here in the UK at the summits of both Mt. Snowdon (Now in it’s 7th year), and Ben Nevis.
For the last five years and at concerts all across the USA, Love Hope Strength Foundation has also run ‘cheek swab’ bone marrow donor drives which has made a huge difference in both the awareness and numbers of people signing up to join the register through a campaign called ‘GET ON THE LIST’. So far we have recruited 30,000 potential donors to the USA register. There have been nearly 500 potentially lifesaving matches between donors and patients in need so far in those five years. We are now in a position to replicate this exciting ‘GET ON THE LIST’ campaign in the UK.
Now, for the first time ever in the UK, our charity Love Strength Foundation (in partnership with Delete Blood Cancer UK), will enable people between the ages of 17 and 55 to sign up to the stem cell donor register by filling in a form and using swabs to give some cheek cell samples for tissue analysis. A simple sign up, yet it could save a life!, so I am again appealing to you to come forward and help those who (like me), may need to find a lifesaving match to have a second chance at life.
Someone is diagnosed with blood cancer in the UK every 18 minutes, every 10 minutes blood cancer takes a life somewhere in the world. In the UK around 50% of patients never find the lifesaving match they need. To be considered a match the donor and patient must have at least eight out of 10 tissue characteristics (HLA) in common, but ideally should have 10. Today, it also a very simple and virtually painless procedure if you are found to be a match.
Audience members can sign up to ‘GET ON THE LIST’ during all of the gigs throughout the Big Country tour this April in the hope that some day they may be the one to save a life, and help the mission to prevent thousands of people dying from blood cancer every year.
Please come along to the Love Hope Strength Foundation stand on the Big Country Journey Tour, and find out how you can register, get swabbed, and save a life!
Together, we can increase the chance that every patient will find the lifesaving match they need.