#HelpLila

1-year-old Lila was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma at just 7 months

Help Lila

Lila’s life is only just beginning. Like many toddlers her age, she is currently learning how to walk and talk. However, this summer at just seven months Lila was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) which is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Doctors have said that the best chance of beating Lila’s blood cancer is a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor. Now Lila’s parents are on the hunt for a blood stem cell donor who could help save her life.

Whilst Lila’s perfect match is not limited to someone who shares an identical ethnic heritage, her perfect match is most likely to be someone with mixed European ancestry as she has diverse European background (British, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Ukranian, Italian and Swiss). Lila is one of over 2,000 people in the UK who are in need of a donation from an unrelated donor with the same tissue traits (not blood type). For Lila and other people with a diverse ethnic heritage the likelihood of finding a match is quite low.

Help us give everyone the best chance of overcoming blood cancer, no matter their ethnicity. If you are between the ages of 17-55 and in general good health go on standby to save the life of Lila or someone else in need by registering as a potential blood stem cell donor and completing your swab kit.

If you have already registered, you’re currently on standby to give those, like Lila, a second chance of life. However, you can still help by spreading the word amongst family, friends and colleagues. The more people that register as a potential blood stem cell donor the more lives that can potentially be saved.

Find out more about Lila and her family’s search for a blood stem cell match at www.helplila.com.

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?

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.

List of conditions

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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.

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:

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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.

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below. Please note, you must weigh above 7 stone 12lbs / 50kgs and have a body mass index (BMI) of below 40 to register.

You will NOT be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:​

  • 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.