The University of Kent has partnered with DKMS to encourage students to register as potential blood stem cell donors.
For many people with a blood cancer or blood disorder a donation from a matching blood stem cell donor is their best and sometimes only chance of survival. In fact, every year 2,000 people in the UK are in need of an unrelated blood stem cell donor to help give them a second chance of life.
DKMS globally has registered over 10 million potential blood stem cell donors, including over 700,000 in the UK, that’s just 2% of the population. People from minority ethnic communities make up less than 14% of registrations. Even more shocking is that people from minority ethnic communities have just a 20% chance of finding a stem cell donor match compared to 69% from those of a Northern European background.
Despite these numbers some people in need still won’t find their lifesaving match, so we are urging people to take action and go on standby to save a life.
If you’re 17-55 and in general good health, request your home a swab kit online and take the first steps to becoming a potential blood stem cell donor today.
A note about Coronavirus
We understand there are lots of worries and concerns around coronavirus and would like to reassure you that it is completely safe to request and send in your swabs.
If you're a match
If you are identified as a match, you will donate in one of two ways. In the majority of cases this is via a process called “Peripheral Blood Stem Cell collection”, which is a little like giving blood. In 10% of cases, the stem cells are taken from your bone marrow, under general anaesthetic. The method of donation is chosen by the patients team based on what is most suitable for them.
Together we will beat blood cancer.
To register as a blood stem cell donor, you need to be between 17-55, in general good health and not registered with another donor centre. To check your eligibility and request your swab kit, follow the link below.
It costs us £40 to register a new donor on the UK stem cell registry. As a charity, we rely on monetary donations from the public to help cover this cost and greatly appreciate any contribution, no matter how big or small.
If you are unable to register as a potential donor, we would be very grateful if you could consider making a contribution towards the cost of a registration.