YOU could become a lifesaver this week - by signing up as a bone marrow donor.
As part of Adrian's campaign to recruit more bone marrow donors to the register, the Examiner has arranged clinics where people can call in and sign up.
The first - organised with the Anthony Nolan Trust - will be held at Huddersfield Methodist Mission on Lord Street on Wednesday (June 18) from 2pm to 7pm.
Adrian is urging people to go along and sign up. "You have a wonderful and unique opportunity to save someone else's life, not just here in the UK, but anywhere on the planet.
âOver 16,000 people worldwide are waiting to find a bone marrow match. Without one these mothers, sisters, brothers, wives and husbands will die. With your help maybe they don't have to.
"I'm grateful for the incredible way everyone in Huddersfield has got behind the Examiner's campaign already."
He said people are often reluctant to sign up because they believe they would have to undergo a horrific and dangerous procedure if they were a match for someone who needed a transplant. But in fact, the procedure is safe - there is no spine drilling or risk of paralysis - and in most cases, it is not too dissimilar to giving blood.
Adrian said: "Bone marrow donation is not the scary procedure everyone thinks it is. If you don't believe me, please have a look at the videos on this blog under the recent entry 'A plea for more bone marrow donors'.â?
Each person who attends the clinic will be asked to fill in a form and will have a small sample of blood taken for tissue typing. You can sign up to be a donor if you are aged between 18 and 40 and in good health.
You should be prepared to stay on the register until the age of 60 and be happy to keep the Anthony Nolan Trust informed of changes to your contact details and circumstances, such as health problems.
*There will be another Anthony Nolan Trust/Examiner clinic at Huddersfield Town Hall on July 8 from 2pm to 7pm. Kirklees Council has donated the town hall reception room free of charge - so thanks to them.
*There will also be a donor registration clinic on July 27 at the Galpharm Stadium, from 11.30am to 2.30pm. This clinic has been organised by the Examiner and the National Blood Service, which keeps the other UK bone marrow donor register. Their rules are slightly different. You can sign up to the National Blood Service register - known as the British Bone Marrow Register - if you are aged 18 to 49 and in good health. But to join this register, you must be eligible to be a blood donor.
Simply drop in to the clinic and make sure you ask the nurse about being put on the register at the beginning of the session. A small sample of blood will be taken for tissue typing, then the main blood donation will begin. Even if you are too young to or too old to become a bone marrow
donor, you can still give blood at the session if you are aged 17 to 59.
*****A special note here to all the gay men who have posted comments on this blog, saying how much they'd like to be allowed to sign up as bone marrow donors. Now you can! The Anthony Nolan Trust recently changed its policy. Previously, gay men had been excluded from becoming donors, because they were deemed at high risk of carrying blood-borne diseases. Now, anyone
gay or straight can join as a donor - as long as they do not engage in 'high risk' practices which could leave them exposed to disease, such as sharing needles or having unprotected sex.
Please note though, the National Blood Service has not yet changed its policy on gay men - so if you're in this category and want to sign up, make sure it's an Anthony Nolan Trust clinic you attend.
IMPORTANT: You only have to be on one register, as both are searched when a patient needs a bone marrow transplant.