Today is the last day of blood cancer awareness month 2018. DKMS is a charity which maintains a register of potential blood stem cell donors to help fight blood cancer. While I was fortunate to be able to undergo what is known as a autologous stem cell transplant – one from my own cells – others require donor transplants to have a second chance at life.
Only a third of donor transplant candidates find matching donors within their own family. In the UK, this leaves 2,000 people a year who depend on other donors. As only 2% of the eligible population is currently on the register, some 40% sadly fail to find a matching donor.
What can I do to help save a life?
This three-minute video explains how to become a potential blood stem cell donor and what’s involved in the process.
If you’re happy to go ahead, simply check your eligibility and register.
What if I’m not able to become a potential donor?
It costs approximately £40 for every new potential donor to be added to the register. If you’re unable to register, then please consider making a donation to help cover costs.
What if I don’t live in the UK?
Blood stem cell donors are needed worldwide. DKMS also operates in Chile, Poland, the United States and Germany. Please seek out your nearest local charity and ask to become a potential donor.