DKMS West London (formerly Barnes) hub was set up by Lisa with the aim of encouraging more people to come forward and become blood stem cell donors.
Lisa herself was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2016; she was told that her best chance of survival was a stem cell transplant.
Fortunately, Lisa’s sister was her perfect match. Following a successful transplant, Lisa is now well and healthy. She was lucky to find her match within her own family. Every year in the UK, 2,000 people with blood cancer have to rely on the kindness and generosity of a stranger to find their match.
So far, the hub has registered nearly 400 people! The hub has expanded to five volunteers, and, as the West London hub, hopes to attract more volunteers from all over the London area and to run even more drives.
Each of the volunteers has their own unique story of how they came to join DKMS West London, but all share the same passion and drive. To promote the DKMS vision and ultimately, find those all-important matches.
Lisa knows how lucky she was and now wants to help others who don’t find a match within their families. She regularly goes into schools, colleges or places of work to talk about the importance of joining the stem cell register and getting people to sign up.
Help us increase the chances for patients across the UK and the world, to find a matching donor who has the potential to save their life.
Be a lifesaver...become a potential blood stem cell donor.
Watch out for details of our upcoming events.
In 2023 we have held donor recruitment events in Harrow, Barnes, Twickenham and Central London.
If you are unable to attend any of our events on the day, please register for a kit to be sent to your home or click 'Become a donor' at the top of the page.
By registering as a donor you could help someone like Amelia, Bansri and Brooklyn, below, who are looking for their potential match, but there are many more.
Our hub is on the lookout for volunteers. If you live or work in the London region and would like to get involved, please contact us.