Patients & Families

At DKMS, patients and families are at the heart of everything we do. Our key mission is to provide a suitable donor for every person in need of a blood stem cell donation.

We work with patients and their families to support them in their appeal to find a perfect matching donor.

Find out what happens if you are ever matched with a patient

The process explained

George

George O'Shaughnessy

3-year-old George, from Portsmouth, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when he was just 22 months old. He managed to go into remission, but his cancer has recently returned.

George now needs a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor.

 

Treyvon

Treyvon DKMS

8-year-old Treyvon Ferguson, from Bristol, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in April 2016. Treyvon went into remission, but unfortunately, his leukaemia returned in November.

Treyvon is now searching for a matching blood stem cell donor donor to give him the best chance of beating his leukaemia.

 

Zac

Zac DKMS

13-year-old Zac, from Hampshire, was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was nine. He went into remission, but unfortunately, his leukaemia returned in November 2016.

He now needs a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor.

 

Alison

Alison needs a match

Alison, from Newport in Wales, was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in December 2015.

Alison went into remission, however, her cancer has now returned. She urgently needs to find a matching blood stem cell donor.

 

Ally

Ally, from Oxford, has Chronic Granulomatous Disorder (CGD), a rare and life-threatening condition where his immune system does not work properly.

He needs a blood stem cell donation to give him the best chance of beating CGD, but no matching donor has yet been found for him.

 

Venessa

Mum of three Venessa was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in February 2016 and has been told she needs a blood stem cell donation to survive.

Venessa is keeping a Facebook blog about her journey: www.facebook.com/theleukaemiadiva

 

Tommy

Four year-old Tommy, from London, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in January 2016.

Tommy urgently needs a blood stem cell donation from an unrelated matching donor, as no suitable match was found within his family.

   

Ava

Three-year-old Ava, from Fife, was diagnosed with inherited bone marrow failure in April this year.

She has now found a matching blood stem cell donor!

 

Would you like support from DKMS?

DKMS supports people with blood cancer and blood disorders, we work closely with patients and their families in appealing for more potential blood stem cell donors to join the register.

We organise donor recruitment events of all sizes in different locations across the UK, from small community events to large events in multinational companies.

If you would like further information on how DKMS can support you, please contact events@dkms.org.uk

Other ways to help

There are many ways to support our work

There are a number of different opportunities to get involved.

Help us to recruit more lifesavers by fundraising for us.

As a Student Ambassador you can make a genuine difference by supporting our work.