World Blood Cancer Day

Wear It Red

28 May 2019

This World Blood Cancer Day (#wbcd), show your solidarity for people with blood cancer by Wearing It Red.

Every 35 seconds someone in the world is diagnosed with a blood cancer

Every 35 seconds, someone somewhere in the world is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer.

Every year, over 80,000 people around the globe search for a matching blood stem cell donor outside their family

Every year, over 80,000 people around the globe search for a matching blood stem cell donor outside their family. Many never find the donor they need to beat blood cancer.

Wear it red for world blood cancer day

Wear It Red this World Blood Cancer Day to raise awareness of blood cancer and blood stem cell donation, and help us fund the registration of more potential lifesavers.

Make Your Mark

Wear it red for world blood cancer day

On World Blood Cancer Day, 28 May, and in the run up to it, put on your red clothes, scarf, wig, hat or shoes and raise awareness of blood cancer, register as a potential blood stem cell donor or make a gift to help cover the costs for registering more lifesavers.

The redder, the better!

To spread the word further, nominate friends, colleagues and family members to do the same.

Don’t forget also to return your swab kit so we can complete your donor registration and to share your Wear It Red photos, using the hashtags #wbcd and #WearItRed .

Request a swab kit to become a potential donor

Check your eligibility

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

See if you are eligible

As a registered donor, you will be on standby to save life.

Do you live in the UK or British Islands?

United Kingdom

DKMS in the UK accepts registrations from the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Is this your first registration with a stem cell donor registry?

f you are already listed with the British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR), the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR), or with Anthony Nolan, you should not re-register. We and each of these organisations register donors to one single UK registry.

Please enter your date of birth.

Does your health allow you to register as a donor?

If you have or have had in the past, a chronic or serious condition, or take any medication regularly, please review the list of conditions below, or, for more in-depth information, visit our FAQ's.

If you would prefer to contact us for guidance, please call us on 020 8747 5620 or send an email to donor@dkms.org.uk.

List of conditions

Please select measurement unit and enter your details

You are an eligible donor!

Thank you for checking your eligibility with us.

Please wait while you are transferred to the registration form to request your swab kit.

Thank you for your support.

We can only register people who live in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

 

You might be able to register with one of our sister organisations below:

or

or you can...

Help us raise funds

Thank you for your support.

If you did register before, you do not need to register again.

 

There are other ways to help.

Help us raise funds

Thank you for your support.

To register as a potential blood stem cell donor, you must be between the ages of 17-55.

 

You can still help in other ways!

Help us raise funds

or

Thank you for your support.

Unfortunately you are not eligible to become a donor.

 

You can still help in other ways!

Help us raise funds

or

Thank you for your support.

To register you must weight at least 7 stone/13 lbs / 50 kg with a BMI below 40.

 

But there are still many other ways to help!

Help us raise funds

or

 

Does your health allow you to register as a donor?

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.

For further information, please see our FAQ's

You will NOT be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:​

  • Severe heart, lung or kidney diseases 
  • Severe illness of the central nervous system
  • Severe mental health conditions
  • Severe metabolic diseases
  • Addictions (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. colitis, Crohns, 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)

Please note, you must weigh above 7 stone 12lbs / 50kgs and have a body mass index (BMI) of below 40 to register.

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 five-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.

Julie donated via PBSC collection

Julie MacDonald

"There is a line that goes in one arm that takes the blood out and sends it to a machine that separates the blood stem cells, which go into a bag, and my blood was returned to me through my other arm.

I was just sitting down with my feet up.

So when you get that phone call you actually become someone’s wingman or wingwoman, and they’re not alone anymore."

Julie, a blood stem cell donor, mother, journalist and broadcaster

Chris donated bone marrow

DKMS bone marrow donor Chris

"Following the collection my blood pressure was a little low and I was feeling a bit sick and couldn’t really eat or drink anything at first. Once I did, though, I felt a lot better – my discomfort and recovery is such a small price to pay to help someone survive.

I felt quite privileged I was in this great position to try and help save someone's life."

Chris, a bone marrow donor

Blood cancer survivor meets his lifesaver

Blood cancer survivor Gary meets his lifesaver, blood stem cell donor Karen

“I just wanted to hold her and hug her and say thank you, but there should be a bigger word than thank you.

Thanks to Karen’s selfless donation I can walk, speak, think, eat and drink. It’s her immune system that protects me if I get ill. It’s her platelets that help me if I get cut."

Blood cancer survivor Gary about the moment he met his lifesaving blood stem cell donor, Karen, for the first time

HELP US TO REGISTER MORE LIFESAVERS

It costs us £40 to register just one potential blood stem cell donor and while many of our supporters contribute towards the cost of their registration, not all are able to do so.

Your donation, no matter the size, will make a difference today! Every single penny that we receive will go towards the cost of registering new potential donors.

Together we can save more lives.

We accept: