#Match4Mel

Mel from Leeds has been battling aplastic anaemia since she was 8

#Match4Mel

Mel, originally from Leeds and currently living in Manchester, has suffered from aplastic anaemia since she was 8 years old. On 6 October 2017, Mel was diagnosed with myelodysplasia anaemia and doctors told her that her best chance of survival would be a blood stem cell donation.

With myelodysplasia anaemia being rare, Mel is facing a lot of uncertainty and doctors cannot provide a timeline for her treatment. However, doctors have confirmed the earlier a match is found for Mel and she could have a blood stem cell transplantation, the better.

Unfortunately, a suitable matching blood stem cell donor hasn’t been found within Mel’s family so she and her family are now appealing to people all over the globe to help find a #Match4Mel and other people in her situation.

The combination of a lack of diversity on the blood stem cell registry and Mel’s mixed heritage makes her search for a matching blood stem cell donor even harder.

If you are aged between 17-55 and in general good health, please take a few minutes out of your day to register as a potential blood stem cell donor. The minutes you spare today could provide Mel or someone like her with a second chance of life. Find out more and register today.

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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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.