A 22-YEAR-OLD Aberystwyth cancer survivor who received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from her brother has launched a campaign to help others.
The Cambrian News reported “Beatrice Edwards was diagnosed just two weeks before her 18th birthday and has now launched a musical campaign to raise awareness and encourage people to sign up to the stem cell register.
A talented violinist who plays with The People’s Orchestra, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, one of the most common cancers amongst 13 to 24-year-olds, four years ago.
She faced numerous gruelling chemotherapies which unfortunately failed to rid her of the disease – and she was told by doctors she would need a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
While Beatrice, a former pupil at Ysgol Penweddig, found a 100 per cent match with her brother who donated bone marrow, in around 70 per cent of cases the transplant is undertaken through donors unrelated, meaning many face an anxious wait for a match.
Beatrice, who is now studying music at Birmingham City University, wants to raise the number of people on the donor list by “breaking the myth that being a bone marrow donor is a painful or scary experience” and “educate people on how easy becoming a donor really is”.
Beatrice will launch the campaign with a concert on 21 April at West Bromwich Town Hall with her orchestra to raise awareness of Anthony Nolan and DKMS.