Poonam, above, donated her blood stem cells to someone with blood cancer. It’s a simple act that has the potential to save a life.
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer. Often, after conventional therapies such as chemotherapy 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.
A small number are lucky to find a match within their own family, but 75% of people need to search for a selfless stranger, like Poonam, to donate their blood stem cells.
DKMS wants to provide a matching donor for every patient who needs one, and we need more people on our register to do this. DKMS is asking you to join our register as a potential blood stem cell donor.
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.