At DKMS, patients 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


Kapil & Family

Kapil is a dentist and loving father of two, with a third child on the way.

Sadly, he has been diagnosed with myelofibrosis and doctors have told him that his only chance of survival is a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor.


Star of Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away, Delroy, diagnosed with leukaemia

Delroy is a loving father of eight and star of TV show 'Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away!'.

Delroy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in November 2016. Doctors have told Delroy that a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor is his best chance of survival.


Stephen Sykes

25-year-old Stephen is a talented trombonist from the South West.

Stephen was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in February 2016. He has undergone five rounds of chemotherapy, but has now been told that a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor is his best chance of survival.



21-year-old Omar is one of four brothers from London. While recovering from a motor accident in 2016, Omar was diagnosed with the rare blood disorder aplastic anaemia.

A blood stem cell donation is Omar's best hope of beating aplastic anaemia. He and his family are now appealing for more people to register as potential blood stem cell donors.


Ally Kim

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.



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:

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

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.