Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert is backing national charity Anthony Nolan in its search for super heroes from the city to save the lives of strangers.
The charity wants volunteers to sign up to a national register of people willing to donate their stem cells or bone marrow to help those suffering from blood cancer.
There are 993 donors already registered in the city and more than 525,000 across the UK have joined the world’s first bone marrow register launched 40 years ago.
Julian said: “It’s a big ask to encourage people to come forward to donate to help someone they’ve never met, but I know our city is the type of place where people would be more than willing to help.
“The Anthony Nolan charity has been literally a lifeline for a huge number of people over the last 40 years and that has been achieved by people stepping forward because they can.
“I am very proud that we have already got almost a thousand people on the register but I know we can do much better than that. I hope everyone will find out more about this charity and join the register if they can.”
Two thirds of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families; instead they turn to Anthony Nolan to find them an unrelated donor. But the charity can currently only find a match for around half of those who go to it for help.
To join the Anthony Nolan register you must be 16-30 and in good health. It involves filling out a simple online form and spitting into a tube. To find out more go to:www.anthonynolan.org/superhero