Giving hope to patients

Ivor Godrey-Davis and Mark Jones

Supporting patients and their families

Patients and their families are at the forefront of everything we do at DKMS. We support as many patients as we can in their search to find a stem cell donor and give them hope for the future. We run patient campaigns to raise awareness and encourage more people to sign up to the register.

It can be an amazing feeling to know you’re doing something to help others and to see so many people supporting you or your loved one through a campaign.

Patients and their families can help save the lives of those in need of a stem cell transplant by:

Sharing your story

The beauty of sharing your story is our readers get to read your own words and experiences - much more powerful!

Sharing inspiring stories has the power to encourage action and empower patients. Not only do your stories raise awareness and motivate people to join the stem cell register, but sharing your story can inspire and give hope to other patients and families. DKMS won’t post or publish anything without your consent.

We use our social media platforms to share your stories as far and as wide as we can. We run campaigns on:

in the hope of finding a stem cell donor for every patient who needs one.

We also work with local and national newspapers and broadcasters to extend our reach and your stories as far as we possibly can.

Registering potential donors

We support friends and families of patients, local communities, and volunteers through the whole process of holding their own donor registration events. Events can be held:

  • in your workplace
  • sports clubs
  • universities
  • in your local community
  • online.

Remember that you are not alone in your recruitment. You are working alongside other families, patients, supporters and registers around the world who are recruiting new donors every single day.


Wanting to do more? Many patients and families find it fulfilling to continue supporting us through our more regular volunteering opportunities. Whether it’s joining one of our volunteer hubs, becoming a student volunteer or helping us behind the scenes at DKMS Head Office – we have something for everyone.


It costs DKMS UK £40 to register each potential donor; we rely on our amazing fundraisers to cover this cost.

When working with patients and their families, we encourage them to get their friends, family, colleagues and neighbours involved in fundraising as another way to support them and their search for a potential lifesaver.

To fundraise for us you can:

Whatever fundraising ideas patients and their networks have, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

If you or someone you know has been affected by blood cancer or a blood disorder...
Donor Recruitment Team
Help us find more donors
Everyone who needs a blood stem cell donor should be able to find their match. Can you help?