In 2019, Veer three was sadly diagnosed with Fanconi Anaemia, a rare genetic disease. As a result, his bone marrow does not function properly. His family have been told that his best hope of survival is a blood stem cell transplant. Unfortunately Veer’s sister, the most likely family member to be a good match was found not to be. So the family must look to the stem cell register for an unrelated donor.
Currently only 2% of the UK population are registered as potential blood stem cell donors, and just 13% come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Patients from the BAME community also have just a 20% chance of finding a stem cell donor compared to 69% from those of a Northern European background.
Let’s change these statistics together and change lives. Every donor could make the difference. You could make a difference.
If you’re aged 17-55 and in general good health, request a swab kit to become a potential blood stem cell donor today.
Every 20 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. This diagnosis is devastating, and during the corona virus outbreak, it is even more crucial that we do all we can to offer hope to people with blood cancer and blood disorders. We have seen the numbers of people joining the blood stem cell register decline dramatically in recent times, and now, more than ever before, we need you to sign up. For many, a blood stem cell donation is their best chance of recovery and only 30% of people find a match within their family. This means the remainder will need to find an anonymous blood stem cell donor, and that could be you.
A note about Coronavirus
We understand there are lots of worries and concerns around coronavirus and would like to reassure you that it is completely safe to request and send in your swabs.
If you're a match
If you are identified as a match, you will donate in one of two ways. In the majority of cases this is via a process called “Peripheral Blood Stem Cell collection”, which is a little like giving blood. In 10% of cases, the stem cells are taken from your bone marrow, under general anaesthetic. The method of donation is chosen by the patients team based on what is most suitable for them.
Together we will beat blood cancer.
To register as a blood stem cell donor, you need to be between 17-55, in general good health and not registered with another donor centre. To check your eligibility and request your swab kit, follow the link below.
It costs us £40 to register a new donor on the UK stem cell registry. As a charity, we rely on monetary donations from the public to help cover this cost and greatly appreciate any contribution, no matter how big or small.
If you are unable to register as a potential donor, we would be very grateful if you could consider making a contribution towards the cost of a registration.