Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer or a blood disorder. For many blood cancer patients a blood stem cell transplant from a matching donor offers their best or only chance of survival. With more than 20,000 known tissue characteristics that can occur in millions of combinations, finding a matching donor is extremely rare.
4 in 10 people in need of a blood stem cell donation in the UK and worldwide do not find an unrelated matching donor.
At DKMS, our mission is to provide a matching donor for every blood cancer patient in need of a blood stem cell donation. Adding each potential lifesaver to the UK Aligned Stem Cell Register costs £40 and we rely on our supporters to help fund our lifesaving work.