Father of two, Kapil, has been diagnosed with myelofibrosis

Kapil has myelofibrosis

Kapil is a dentist and loving father of two, with a third child on the way. Sadly, he has been diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called myelofibrosis and doctors have told him that his only chance of survival is a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor. Like many people, Kapil does not have a matching donor within his family so is reliant on one being found on a stem cell registry somewhere around the world.

Kapil said: “My bone marrow is unable to produce the needed red blood cells and so I get a blood transfusion every 2-3 weeks. I am 45 years old and I have two children, aged three and five, and my wife and I are expecting our third child. My condition is deteriorating very quickly and my ONLY chance of survival is getting a stem cell transplant as soon as possible. My brother and sister are not a close enough “match” to be my donor. For that, I need help from you. Please help me by registering . You could save my life.”

A matching donor for Kapil is most likely to be someone who shares a similar Indian ancestry with him, however, anyone could be his match. If you are aged between 17-55, haven’t joined the UK stem cell registry and are in general good health, you can register below as a potential blood stem cell donor. You could be a match for Kapil, or anyone else in need of a blood stem cell donation.

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?

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Have you had any of these conditions?

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List of conditions

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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.

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We can only register people who live in the UK.


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


There are other ways to help.

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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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Unfortunately you are not eligible to become a donor.


You can still help in other ways!

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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.