#Match4Kenu

11-year-old Kenu has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Kenu needs a blood stem cell donor

11-year-old Kenu lives in London with his mum, dad, and his little sister, Ashi. He is a much-loved, kind and caring little boy, with a big personality!

When he’s not out playing with his pet dog, Oreo, Kenu can be found playing his favourite computer game, Minecraft, or using his special talents to create animation videos. His dream is to become a famous YouTube star one day!

Sadly though, Kenu has recently been diagnosed with a relapse of leukaemia. He was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2014 and managed to go into remission in February 2015. Kenu’s relapse is very unusual, as he has now been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia cell type B, an extremely rare type.

A blood stem cell donation from a matching donor is now Kenu’s best chance of beating his leukaemia. No matching donor has yet been found, so we are urging everyone aged 17-55 and in general good health to register as a potential blood stem cell donor.

A matching donor for Kenu is most likely to be someone with a similar Sri Lankan/South Asian heritage to him. Although, anyone could potentially be his match.

To register as a potential blood stem cell donor, just check if you are eligible below and follow the instructions. You could be a potentially lifesaving match for Kenu, 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?

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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Thank you for your support.

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.