In 2015, Chris joined the stem cell register after a colleague of his was diagnosed with blood cancer and was unable to find a matching donor on the register.
In 2019, Chris got the call that all potential donors hope to receive, he was a match for a patient. Following some tests and a medical assessment it was confirmed that Chris was the best match for the patient in need.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to donate my stem cells. Knowing I have helped save someone's life is a feeling that will never leave me. Knowing I have given someone the ultimate gift is a feeling which leaves me speechless. But I am so glad I could help my recipient and would do it all over again if I received a call.”
“The thought that I have given a family and their loved one another chance at life is such a humbling feeling. Being able to say I have donated stem cells is the proudest thing I can say I have ever done.”
“I want to tell people just how easy it is, not just the registration, but the donation process. Something so simple that anyone may be able to do, can have such profound outcomes for both the donor and the recipient.”
“You may be the one that can literally save someone's life. And being part of the DKMS family has been an amazing experience from the start.”
If you’re 17-55 and in general good health, request a swab kit to become a potential blood stem cell donor today
Every 20 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. This diagnosis is devastating, and during the corona virus outbreak, it is even more crucial that we do all we can to offer hope to people with blood cancer and blood disorders. We have seen the numbers of people joining the blood stem cell register decline dramatically in recent times, and now, more than ever before, we need you to sign up. For many, a blood stem cell donation is their best chance of recovery and only 30% of people find a match within their family. This means the remainder will need to find an anonymous blood stem cell donor, and that could be you.
A note about Coronavirus
We understand there are lots of worries and concerns around coronavirus and would like to reassure you that it is completely safe to request and send in your swabs.
If you're a match
If you are identified as a match, you will donate in one of two ways. In the majority of cases this is via a process called “Peripheral Blood Stem Cell collection”, which is a little like giving blood. In 10% of cases, the stem cells are taken from your bone marrow, under general anaesthetic. The method of donation is chosen by the patients team based on what is most suitable for them.
Together we will beat blood cancer.
To register as a blood stem cell donor, you need to be between 17-55, in general good health and not registered with another donor centre. To check your eligibility and request your swab kit, follow the link below.
It costs us £40 to register a new donor on the UK stem cell registry. As a charity, we rely on monetary donations from the public to help cover this cost and greatly appreciate any contribution, no matter how big or small.
If you are unable to register as a potential donor, we would be very grateful if you could consider making a contribution towards the cost of a registration.