About Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Did you join our #GetCheeky campaign in September?

During #BloodCancerAwarenessMonth, we wanted to spread the word about blood stem cell donations and encourage as many people as possible to both register and return their swab skits.

We asked you all to share your #GetCheeky cheek swab story and encourage others to register as potential blood stem cell donors.

We heard stories of people getting cheeky all over the place, from the dining room table to the office and even from a field in Belfast. It turns out the most common spot is the kitchen!

Thank you to the 5,600 people who supported us during Blood Cancer Awareness Month and demonstrated your commitment to the fight against blood cancer.

Get involved

Register as a potential blood stem cell donor

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.

Do you live in the UK or British Islands?

DKMS in the UK accepts registrations from the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Is this your first registration with a stem cell donor registry?

Please enter your date of birth.

Have you had any of these conditions?

Check your eligibility

List of conditions

Please select measurement unit and enter your details

You are an eligible donor!

Thank you! You can become a potential donor! That’s it. You’re now on the road to becoming a lifesaving blood stem cell donor.

Thank you for your support.

We can only register people who live in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

 

You might be able to register with one of our sister organisations below:

or you can...

Help us raise funds

Thank you for your support.

If you did register before, you do not need to register again.

 

There are other ways to help.

Help us raise funds

Thank you for your support.

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

 

You can still help in other ways!

Thank you for your support.

Unfortunately you are not eligible to become a donor.

 

You can still help in other ways!

Thank you for your support.

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.

Raise awareness

Get involved in #BloodCancerAwarenessMonth, by sharing content on your social media channels, website, any e-zines you see and other channels. Below you'll find access to a library of resources and other ideas to help you raise awareness of blood cancer.

Share our posts

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube logo's

We'll be posting, tweeting and sharing new content throughout September. Every like, share and comment helps us to raise awareness about blood cancer so make sure you get involved with any or all of our posts! If you'd like to make your own post, we've got some examples to get you started.

Q&A sessions, polls & stories

Instagram question

Host a designated Q&A session on your social media platform. If you're on Instagram, you can help by creating stories with facts, polls, "swipe up" links and questions. We've created a host of materials to help you spread the word.

#GetCheeky

#GetCheeky

Once you’ve registered as a potential blood stem cell donor and returned your cheek swabs, let your friends know where you completed the cheek swab process by answering the question “Where did you #GetCheeky?” using the #GetCheeky hashtag and no background information. Find out more.

Other ways to take part

Return your swabs

Post your swabs back today

If you’ve registered as a potential blood stem cell donor online but have yet to return your swab kit, it’s crucial that you return it to us ASAP. Although you completed your initial information, without your swabs we are unable to complete your registration. If you’ve lost your kit, or can’t remember if you returned your swabs, email donor@dkms.org.uk and we’ll help you out.

Let's Nail Blood Cancer

One way you can get involved is by hosting a #LetsNailBloodCancer mani-pedicure party to help us cover donor registration costs. It costs DKMS £40 to register each potential blood stem cell donor and any money raised will go towards registering more donors. We’ve partnered with Barry M to bring you a kit to ensure your party is a hit.

Take action

DKMS Blackpool Volunteer Hub

There are lots of ways to get involved and support DKMS. We’ve got all the resources and toolkits you need to raise awareness, host a donor registration event and encourage people to sign up.

Patient and donor stories

Peter's search for a donor

Peter aims to use his myeloma diagnosis as a catalyst for change

Peter's wife Jenny, talks about her husband's battle with myeloma: "I love that [the kids] had such a positive role model – he was their big, strong, fearless dad taking on the world. What would give him another glorious 20 years, in which he can watch his boys grow into men, is a donor. He needs you. Peter needs a blood stem cell donor.”

Finn found his match

Finn’s Mum: “It was the toughest time of our lives. I can’t tell you how relieved we were when a match was found and Finn received his bone marrow transplant from a selfless stranger. That stranger is now a good friend who visits regularly from his home in Norfolk and has actually just left after travelling up to spend the day with our family and with Finn - a special relationship in lots of ways"

A patient and donor meet

Peter, 56, a father of four and grandfather to three, from North Yorkshire, was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome on 4 February 2015. “Aysha was the only match in the world for me and I was relieved when they told me they’d found someone. I was told that, without a match, I would have just five years to live but I think I would have been gone before that.”

Sonya donated via PBSC

Sonya in hospital ready to begin her blood stem cell donation collected by PBSC

"The morning of the donation I was linked up to special machines and spent a few hours watching Netflix while the stem cells were collected from my blood. The whole process was so simple and over in no time. I was even finished early enough for me and my boyfriend to go out for lunch!"

Henry donated bone marrow

“I donated my blood stem cells by a bone marrow collection, which only happens in 10% of cases. I didn’t find it a painful process at all and I think the build up of the procedure is actually greater in the mind than in the actual body. Following the donation I ached a little but it was literally the same aches that you would get after doing a bit of gardening.”

Robbie volunteers for DKMS

 DKMS Volunteer Robbie

"We get a real buzz out of donor recruitment events, the idea that we may have found a potential lifesaver motivates us to keep doing more." "We've registered over 2,500 people! Already, one person from an event has been identified as a match. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that someone’s life could now be saved."