Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. For many, a blood stem cell donation from a genetically similar person is their best chance of survival but they never find a match. With your help, we can change this.
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity for you to get involved in the fight against blood cancer. Whether you take part in our social media campaign, register as a blood stem cell donor or organise an event, every action you take will help raise awareness and give hope to people with blood cancer this September.
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 importantSee 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.
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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.
If you did register before, you do not need to register again.
There are other ways to help.
Help us raise funds
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 email@example.com.
Share our posts
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
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.
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.
Return your swabs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Peter's search for a donor
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
"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
"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."