#Match4Gavin

Gavin needs your help to survive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and return home to his family

Gavin needs a stem cell donor to survive accute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Gavin’s wife, Jennifer, is asking for your help: “Our lives have changed dramatically since Gavin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in February 2018. He’s been in hospital ever since, apart from a brief break at Easter when he was allowed home for a few days. It was such a gift to have the family together again. The reunion was short lived though and by the end of that week Gavin was having another round of chemo.

That’s what’s hardest on the girls, well, on all of us really, but it pains me to see them struggle too. How do you explain to a 12 and 14-year-old that the treatment they see causing their father so much pain is the very same thing keeping him alive and that it’s for the best until we find his matching blood stem cell donor?

His daughters, Natalie and Felicity, are very active and they both play netball. Their father would go with them to practices, matches and tournaments but all that’s changed since his diagnosis. Because of the treatment he can no longer attend. It’s been more than three months now and he is missed at the games – his empty seat has created a huge void. It’s hard for a girl to be away from her father during these formative years.

We urgently need to find Gavin’s matching blood stem cell donor for his best opportunity at a second chance of life and to restore our family.”

Gavin’s ideal donor is likely to be of mixed Irish and Chinese ancestry but may come from any background. It’s important that as many people as possible register to find a #Match4Gavin or someone like him.

Let’s do this!

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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.

 

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.