Father-of-two Terry, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia

Terry is a hardworking husband and father of two. He is a fun-loving guy and is known to always have a smile on his face. Terry loves spending time with his family and friends, travelling and is a huge Manchester United fan. He has worked in construction for over 20 years. He is a big fan of hit TV shows Gold Rush and Storage Hunters.

Whilst on a dream family holiday in America, Terry didn’t feel well and once he returned, he went to the doctors. Two weeks later, Terry suffered a stroke. After which, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. He was left completely paralysed on his left side. Whilst having intensive chemotherapy, he had to undergo demanding physio sessions to learn how to walk and dress himself again.

Terry miraculously recovered and was able to return to work. Unfortunately, Terry recently relapsed and doctors informed him he was in desperate need of a blood stem cell donation.

Happily, a matching blood stem cell donor has now been found for Terry. Terry's donor will be giving him his second chance of life in December 2017. Best of luck Terry!

We want to thank everyone who got involved in Terry’s appeal. You can continue to follow Terry’s journey on his Facebook page #Match4Terry

Please keep raising awareness and registering as potential blood stem cell donors so we can help more people get a second chance of life.

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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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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
  • Additctions (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.