11-year-old Evie, from Surrey, diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukaemia


11-year-old Evie, from Surrey, was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2014. After an intensive round of chemotherapy, which lasted several months, Evie went into remission. Sadly, in June 2015 Evie’s leukaemia returned and she was also diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome.

In November 2015, Evie received a blood stem cell donation to try and save her life but doctors confirmed that Evie would need a second blood stem cell donation within months for her best chance of survival.

Evie's mum, Nicki, said: “As a mum, when your child isn’t well, we are supposed to kiss it better for them. Not being able to do that is the hardest thing in the world, the feeling of helplessness is huge, it’s heartbreaking.

The realisation that your child’s life rests in the hands of a stranger is very difficult. I have had to accept that I can care for and love Evie with all my heart but only a stranger can save her life and give her hope of a future, give her a chance of growing up and becoming a woman.

What better gift is there to give? A gift of hope, a gift of life, it doesn’t get bigger than that. Imagine the feeling knowing that by donating your blood stem cells YOU have given someone hope of a future.”

We’re so excited to announce that Evie found her match and will be given her second chance of life in December 2017. Good luck Evie!

A big thank you goes out to everyone who got involved with Evie’s appeal and registered as a potential blood stem cell donor.

Please keep raising awareness and registering as potential donors so we can help more people get a second chance of life.

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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

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

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

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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.


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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.