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The Anthony Nolan story began in 1974 when three-year-old Anthony was in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. Anthony did not suffer from leukaemia, but from Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a very rare blood disorder. Anthony’s mother, Shirley Nolan, set up the world’s first register to match donors in need and now the charity helps three people every day find that life-saving match. Sadly, Anthony didn’t find a match and died in 1979. Shirley Nolan died in 2002 but her legacy continues. Anthony Nolan celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year (2014) - and thankfully this has resulted in extra media coverage.