In the 20 minutes it takes to have a manicure, someone in the UK will have been diagnosed with blood cancer. As the salons reopen, help us to give more people a second chance at life and together #LetsNailBloodCancer.
You could even win one of 10 Nails Inc goody bags!
- Paint your nails (or get your nails done in a salon)
- Share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #LetsNailBloodCancer
- Follow @dkms_uk on Instagram
Competition closes 13 August 2020. Winners will be contacted by DKMS UK after this date.
Lend a hand in the fight against blood cancer by hosting a virtual #LetsNailBloodCancer party and raising funds to help register more potential lifesaving blood stem cell donors.
It costs DKMS £40 to register each new potential blood stem cell donor. The money you raise at your party will help us register more donors who could be a match for a blood cancer patient in need.
Host a virtual mani-pedicure party for family, friends and colleagues.
Taking part is easy and fun! #LetsNailBloodcancer together.
DKMS NAIL BAR
Join us at the DKMS Nail Bar and #LetsNailBloodCancer.
Have a cheeky cocktail or a refreshing healthy mocktail while you have fun raising money for DKMS. Whether a mani & martini or a pedi and prosecco is more to your taste, have a browse through our range of cocktails and mocktails to help your #LetsNailBloodCancer party go with a swing.
The Nail Files
We have all the downloadable resources you need for your party, including invitations, a guest book, posters and thank you cards.
- #LetsNailBloodCancer – User Guide
- #LetsNailBloodCancer – Invitation
- #LetsNailBloodCancer – A4 Poster
- #LetsNailBloodCancer – A3 Poster
- #LetsNailBloodCancer – Guest Book Page One
- #LetsNailBloodCancer – Guest Book Page Two
- #LetsNailBloodCancer – Guidelines
- #LetsNailBloodCancer – Thank You For Attending
Salons and nail bars can get involved too! Why not demonstrate your social responsibility credentials by hosting an online nail tutorial and asking participants to make a donation to DKMS. Contact email@example.com for more information.
"Two years ago, aged 24, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia. My medical team said that a blood stem cell transplant was my best chance of survival.
"Only one in three people will be lucky enough to find a matching donor within their family but none of mine was a match for me. The doctors warned me the chances of me finding a matching donor from an unrelated person would be slim. At the time, just three per cent of registered donors were of mixed race heritage and my Chinese-Thai-Italian heritage made finding a match particularly difficult.
"It was a devastating blow. I was studying for my Masters in Global Migration and making plans for my future. My diagnosis changed everything in a heartbeat.
"However, my family were amazing. We decided that we would do everything we could to get more ethnically diverse people to register as potential blood stem cell donors through a social media campaign we launched called #Match4Lara. Not only was it my best chance of survival but it would help other people with black, asian, another minority or mixed ethnicity find matching blood stem cell donors too.
"We got in contact with DKMS and with their help launched #Match4Lara. Everyone worked so hard and, astonishingly, thousands of people, across the world, came forward to register. We estimated that in total 50,000 people globally signed up in response to the campaign. Ready to save a stranger’s life.
"Watching all these humans connect across the globe kept me positive. I thought ‘this is what humanity is truly about’. And against all the odds, a donor was found for me.
"One year on, although it’s been a rough ride, I am now well, and have started a new job.
"I know, first-hand, how vital it is that we get more people to register as potential blood stem cell donors. My medical team likened looking for my donor to ‘searching for a needle in a haystack’. But thanks to that wonderful person who registered, I’ve got a second chance of life.
"Thank you for supporting the #LetsNailBloodCancer campaign to help DKMS register more potential donors. I wouldn’t be here today without mine."