Patients

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. These are just some of the people with blood cancer or disorders that currently needs a matching donor.

By registering as a potential blood stem cell donor, you go on standby to save the life of anyone in need of a blood stem cell donation, rather than for a specific patient. Blood cancer has no borders and neither does the fight against it!

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

The process explained

Myla

Myla in her ballet outfit

Four-year-old Myla is a big fan of Sheffield Wednesday and loves swimming, gymnastics, and ballet. Her biggest dream is to dance with her ballet school at Disneyland Paris. There’s a major barrier to Myla’s dream though.

In December 2017, Myla and her family’s lives were rocked following a life-changing discovery, as Myla was diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia.

Tim

Tim

Tim is a kind, humble Londoner who had a successful career. Sadly in October 2016, his world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Tim has been told his best chance of survival is to receive a blood stem cell transplant. As Tim is adopted, he is entirely dependent on finding a match from an unrelated donor.

Ian

Ian and his children

Ian’s a loving dad of three adorable daughters and loves helping others. Right now, however, he needs our help.

Ian’s life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) shortly after his 42nd birthday. His best chance of survival is a blood stem cell donation but so far a donor hasn't been found for him.

Lila

Help Lila

This summer, at just seven months, Lila was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) which is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Doctors have said that the best chance of beating Lila’s blood cancer is a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor. Now Lila’s parents are on the hunt for a blood stem cell donor who could help save her life.

Mel

#Match4Mel

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

On 6 October 2017, Mel was diagnosed with myelodysplasia anaemia.

Mel’s diagnosis is rare and she’s facing a lot of uncertainty. Doctors have told her that her best chance of survival would be a blood stem cell donation as soon as possible.

Chloe

Chloe

Seven-year-old Chloe was born with the blood disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia.

She has recently developed antibodies in her blood and now urgently needs a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor.

Jasmi – DONOR FOUND

Jasmi

Jasmi is a fun loving seven-year-old from Bury St Edmunds.

She has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and her family were told earlier this year that she needed a blood stem cell donation.

We’re delighted that following a world-wide appeal backed by celebrities such as Ed Sheeran and Beastie Boy, Ad Rock,Jasmi has recently found a suitable matching blood stem cell donor.

Kenu

Kenu needs a blood stem cell donor

11-year-old Kenu from London was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2014 but managed to go into remission in February 2015.

Sadly though, Kenu has recently been diagnosed with a relapse of leukaemia and now needs to find a matching blood stem cell donor.

Elsa

Elsa Nega

Elsa is a doting mother and loving wife who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

A matching donor is needed for a blood stem cell donation, so Elsa’s family have launched the #Match4Elsa campaign urging people to register as potential blood stem cell donors.

Tania

Tania

Mother-of-two Tania was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May 2016.

Doctors have now told her that a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor is her best chance of survival.

Delroy – donor found

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. At the beginning of 2017, doctors told Delroy that a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor was his best chance of survival but there was no match for him. Happily, Delroy has now found his matching donor!

Kapil

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.

Stephen - Received a blood stem cell transplant

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.

Ally

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.

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

Evie – donor found

#FindADonor4Evie

11-year-old Evie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2014, at the age of 8, and later, in 2015, with myelodysplastic syndrome .

Doctors told Evie she needed a blood stem cell donation within the next few months for her best chance of survival. Happily a matching donor has been found!

Terry – donor found

Terry was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2016 after having a stroke. He miraculously recovered and was able to return to work.

Unfortunately, Terry relapsed and was told he needed a blood stem cell donation. A matching donor has now been found for Terry!

Would you like support from DKMS?

Team 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

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