Be an Amazon Lockdown Life Saver

Thanks for attending ‘Be A Lockdown Life Saver’ virtual presentation with Pete McCleave and Amazon’s very own Ana Rasheed and welcome to Amazon’s own Registration page.

Unfortunately blood cancers don’t know about coronavirus. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on stem cell donor registrations with DKMS and our numbers are down by a staggering 50% compared to this time last year. We desperately need your help.

Do something simple.

Do something amazing.

But do something.

Be a Sofa Swabber and make a life changing difference to Pete and others with blood cancer.

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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.

Pete's Story

Pete McCleave, 42, from Bunbury in Cheshire has enjoyed a very comfortable life; he’s happily married with two beautiful children and, until recently, had a ‘nice’ job in financial services. Three years ago, Pete was diagnosed with acute myeloma - a rare and incurable blood cancer. He was advised that his best hope for survival was a blood stem cell transplant, and was given a maximum of seven years to live, unless a stem cell donor was found. So far, a match has been illusive and Pete’s search continues.

This is devastating news for anyone to contend with and for many it would stop them in their tracks. Not Pete! He has since embarked on a global search to find his match and matches for others with blood cancer by launching, www.10000donors.com supported by DKMS. Incredibly, his website has registered over 45,000 new donors and found matches for 15 people with blood cancer. Just not his. Yet.

Pete has boundless energy which he has channeled into raising awareness and fund raising antics such as the Crumball Rally which he completed in 2019. Incredibly he has raised over £70,000 for DKMS. He has given so much to others and now he needs your help. If you are eligible and would like to help Pete and others like Ana’s Dad, please take the time to request a swab kit and help Pete, Ana and DKMS recruit more Lockdown Life Savers from within Amazon!

Ana's Story

Ana Rasheed is a Project Manager for Amazon. Ana’s Dad was diagnosed with a blood cancer in January 2017 and the prognosis was bleak- he was given just 6 months to live. Thankfully a donor was found very quickly and Mr Rasheed received a stem cell transplant shortly after his diagnosis. The transplant gave him a second chance of life and extended his time with his family for a further two years. Ana said ”DKMS is a charity close to my heart. Because of his transplant, my father saw me grow professionally and get engaged. He experienced those important milestones that every father should see, and for that, I will be forever grateful to his donor and to charities like DKMS”.

With only 2% of the UK population on the blood stem cell register, it’s a numbers game and we need numbers!

COVID-19 has substantially impacted the number of people registering to become a stem cell donor but the number of people needing a transplant keeps growing.

Do something amazing. Request a swab kit today and be a potential life saver – a Lockdown Life Saver

Ana and her Dad
Ana and her Dad
Ana and her Dad

In the UK, a woefully low 2% of the UK population are on the stem cell register. And people from BAME backgrounds make up less than 14% of registrations. Even more shocking is that people from minority ethnic backgrounds have just a 20% chance of finding a stem cell donor match compared to 69% from those of a Northern European background.

Stem cell transplants are sometimes the only hope of survival for those diagnosed with a blood cancer or blood disorder. A blood a stem cell transplant can also be used for treating other conditions such as Sickle Cell disease, Thalassaemia and other auto-immune conditions.

Sadly, many people with blood cancer from BAME backgrounds face significant challenges in finding a suitable match. This isn’t because a match doesn’t exist, it’s simply because there aren’t enough BAME people registered as donors. DKMS works hard to increase the size and diversity of the blood stem cell registry.

Last year in the UK, there were cases where NO suitable donors from Black, African-Caribbean, East Asian and some other minority ethnic backgrounds were available to patients of the same ethnicities. We want to change this now and for the future so people from BAME communities have the same chances as everyone else..

If you are from a BAME community, your decision to register and commit to donate, could give a person with blood cancer at second chance at life.

Let’s change these statistics together and change lives. Every donor could make a difference. You could make a difference.

A TWO minute swab of the inside of your cheek is all it takes to get registered. It’s THAT simple!

**(source: UK Aligned Registry Report 2018-19)

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.

Information about registration

Registering as a blood stem cell donor is easy, simply check your eligibility and request your home swab kit. Once you receive the kit, you will need to swab the inside of your cheek, following the instructions on the pack, before sending them back to us. Once we receive your swabs, they are processed in our lab to determine you tissue typing. Your typing is then stored, in an anonymised form, on the global database. This means you can be identified as a match for anyone in the world

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.