Liverpool FC have joined hands with Anthony Nolan to draw more people for bone marrow donation.
In an event held yesterday, star footballer of the Merseyside club showed their support to a noble cause in which UK’s biggest blood cancer and bone marrow transplantation charity Anthony Nolan looked to rope in donors for the cause.
Stars like Luis Suarez, Sebastian Coates, Brendan Rodgers, Lucas and Brad Jones were present in the charity event. Brad Jones and his partner Dani Lawrence, who is the ambassador of this charity, were two of the active people behind this charity drive; Brad Jones lost his son Luca to Leukaemia back in 2011.
It was an emotional moment for the couple as they looked to increase awareness among people regarding blood cancer and bone marrow transplantation. Dani called upon young men to participate in this donation and was delighted that Liverpool FC has supported the cause.
“We are delighted LFC is backing this event to help raise more awareness of blood cancer.
“Luca was a happy and healthy four-year-old boy when he got diagnosed with leukaemia.
“You never think it will happen to your family but if it does you hope that there’s enough people who have become potential donors to give your loved one another chance at life.
“We particularly need young men aged 16-30 to sign up as they account for 80% of bone marrow donations, yet make up just 12% of our register.” – An emotional Dani Lawrence told the press.
Liverpool FC’s charity organisation, Liverpool FC Foundation, has shown their support to the cause and both these organisation are expected to work together in future as well as they look to draw Liverpool supporters towards this charity drive. Mark Haig, the head of operations at Liverpool FC Foundation, has urged the Liverpool fans to participate in this campaign and help those in need.
“Our Foundation is dedicated to improving people’s lives through the power of the LFC badge.
“Cancer is a major public health issue on Merseyside.
“Working closely with Liverpool NHS and Cancer Research UK, the Liverpool FC Foundation promotes cancer awareness and healthier lifestyles as part of all its programmes.
“In supporting Anthony Nolan, it gives our community the chance to help others. We urge as many people to come down to Anfield.” – Haig said, sending out a message for the fans.
A raffle was also conducted in this event, which included prizes like Liverpool shirt signed by the team to a bike donated by Liverpool FC Foundation. For those who missed out this opportunity to support this noble cause can still do their part by visiting the official site of Anthony Nolan and registering as donators.