Every 20 minutes someone in the UK, such as Pete, above, is diagnosed with blood cancer.
Often, after conventional therapies have failed, patients are left needing a blood stem cell donation from someone with a similar genetic background. Many will be in desperate need, and the donation could give them a second chance of life.
One in four people are lucky and find a match within their own family. Others, including Pete and Evie, need to search for a willing stranger to donate their blood stem cells.
Evie (left) is only 15 months old and has two serious diseases. Her best chance of survival is to find a matching donor.
Donating is usually a straightforward process, as Poonam (right) can testify. She’s done it twice! For most people, it involves a few hours sitting in a comfortable chair, having blood withdrawn from your arm, with your expenses and travel paid by DKMS.
DKMS’ mission is to provide a matching donor, like Poonam, for every patient, like Pete, who needs one and we need more people on our register to do this.
Registering is simple, click ‘BECOME A DONOR’ below, fill in the form and we’ll send you a home swab kit. Swabbing takes two minutes and could be the first step to giving another person a second chance of life.