Ally's search for a match

Ally needs to find a matching donor

Ally Kim

Ally, from Oxford, is two years old, but has already spent a third of his life in hospital. Ally has Chronic Granulomatous Disorder (CGD), a rare and life-threatening condition where his immune system does not work properly.

Ally needs a blood stem cell donation to give him the best chance of beating CGD, but no matching donor has yet been found for him.

You could be a lifesaving match for Ally, or anyone else in need of a blood stem cell donation. If you are between the ages of 17-55, please register as a potential blood stem cell donor today. A two-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.

 

Ally's heritage is 100% Korean, so he is most likely to find a match from someone with an East Asian ancestry. There is currently a lack of people with Asian heritage on the register, which makes it even harder for him to find a match.

Ally's dad, Andrew, said: "The need for more Asian donors is huge, and the reality is that this small act can have such a tremendous impact. It can save a life. Blood stem cell donation is a story of hope, YOU are that hope."

Ally loves nothing more than kicking his football around, blowing bubbles, giving kisses and hi-fives, dancing, and jumping -although he doesn’t actually get off the ground! He also likes watching his favourite cartoons and loves Peppa Pig.

Ally has an older brother, Micah, whom he adores, as well as a lovely dog named Chocopie.

A blood stem cell donation from a matching donor will allow Ally to live life to the full and continue to do the things he loves.

A 2-minute cheek swab is all you need to go on the register. Registering to receive your swabs online takes five minutes and is very simple. You could be a lifesaving match for anyone in need of a blood stem cell donation around the world.

Check your eligibility

Your age, location and current health status are important. Check to see if you can become a blood stem cell donor.

Your age, location and health are important

See if you are eligible

As a registered donor, you will be on standby to save life.

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We can only register people who live in the UK.

 

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To register as a potential blood stem cell donor, you must be between the ages of 17-55.

 

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To register you must weight at least 7 stone/13 lbs / 50 kg with a BMI below 40.

 

But there are still many other ways to help!

 

Have you had any of these conditions?

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.

You will NOT be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Weight under 7 stone 12lbs/50kg
  • Obesity (i.e. body mass index (BMI) >40) 
  • Severe heart, lung or kidney diseases 
  • Severe illness of the central nervous system
  • Severe mental health conditions
  • Severe metabolic diseases
  • Addictions (alcohol, drugs, tablets)
  • Severe tropical infectious diseases
  • Infectious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, Syphilis 
  • Systemic autoimmune diseases or other severe chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes or rheumatism)
  • Cancer (including being cancer-free, but having had cancer in the past). Exception: Basalioma and cervical carcinomain situ (if  fully removed)
  • Diseases of the haematopoeitic system (blood disorders)

If you have or have had in the past, a chronic or serious condition, or take any medication regularly, please discuss this with a member of our team for initial guidance by calling us on T:020 8747 5620 or sending an email to donor@dkms.org.uk.

How to become a blood stem cell donor

How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS
How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS

Watch this short video to see what it means to be a potential blood stem cell donor. A three-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.