Barnes volunteer hub was set up by Lisa with the aim of encouraging more people to come forward and become blood stem cell donors. She herself was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2016 and was told that her best chance of survival was a stem cell transplant.
Fortunately Lisa’s sister was her perfect match and following a successful transplant, she is now well and healthy. She was lucky to find her match within her own family. However, every year in the UK, 2,000 people with blood cancer have to rely on the kindness and generosity of a stranger to find their match.
Lisa knows how lucky she was and now wants to help others who don’t find a match within their families. She now volunteers for DKMS and regularly goes into schools, colleges or places of work to talk about the importance of joining the stem cell register and getting people to sign up. So far the Barnes hub has registered nearly 400 people!
Help Lisa in her mission, please join the register today and take the first step to saving a life. If you're unable to join the register but would still like to help, get in touch below to find out about local volunteering opportunities.
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.