We delete blood cancer
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Often, a blood stem cell donation represents their best chance of survival.
DKMS launched in the UK in 2013 with a key mission, to help to increase the pool of registered potential blood stem cell donors. DKMS believes that not one single person suffering with a blood cancer should die because they are unable to find a matching donor.
You can register as a potential donor if you are between 17 and 55 and in general good health. Your HLA characteristics will be listed anonymously on the register for potential matching with patients and will be available for patient searches in the UK and internationally until the age of 61.
There are other opportunities to be involved and raise awareness including hosting donor registration events in your company or community.
Why we support this charity
Cecile and Louise swabbing hundreds of festival goers at Rock the Moor May 2016
When George was first diagnosed with AML we knew he had a 50% chance of surviving 6 months. We knew that chemotherapy medicine may not work and that if it didn’t produce a large enough reduction in cancer cells in his bone marrow that we would have to abandon treatment and move to bone marrow transplant. For that we had to have a bone marrow donor match lined up. We were all tested as parents and siblings and none of us were matches so donor boards were reached out to and things were put in place to search internationally if we needed it. DKMS contacted us after seeing our face book posts and we became very close to Joseph Hallett and his team. We felt so strongly that even if we didn’t need a bone marrow donor for George that there hundreds of children that had, did and would need donors. We watched children going though preparation for donors, last chances after months of searching and false hopes, being saved by finding a match. We have met children who haven’t found a match and have died. We ran, thanks to many kind friends and businesses locally, donor drives and swabbed over 600 people in George’s name. We wanted George’s journey and fight to have a positive impact and to leave a lasting legacy whatever happened to him. We have decided to continue to support DKMS both financially in a small way if we can, but also we wish to keep raising awareness about the importance and ease of doing a swab and becoming a bone marrow donor. It is a small procedure, you are unlikely to ever be called upon, but you could be a life saver one day. George is still not cured, for 2 and a half years we live in fear of relapse. If he relapses he will need a life saver to be a donor for him. Without charities like DKMS there wouldn’t be banks of donors registered and ready to help. It would also be a far scarier journey without their expertise and kindness.
For information on how to become a donor or request a swabbing home pack: https://www.dkms.org.uk/en