Save a Life with DKMS

Category: Save A Life

Help to delete blood cancer by registering to become a potential blood stem cell donor or why not organise a registration event at your local community group, synagogue, places of employment etc?

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer, such as leukaemia. For many, the last hope is a blood cell donation from a selfless stranger.

Are you aged between 17-55 and in good health? By signing up today you could provide that hope, because someone’s best chance to beat blood cancer could be in you. 

Register on the DKMS website and they will send a swab kit. All you need to do is swab your cheeks, send the swabs back to them by freepost and you will be added to their database. To be considered a match, a donor and patient must share the same tissue characteristics and with more than 22,000 characteristics that can occur in millions of combinations, finding a match isn’t easy. It is especially difficult for ethnic minority patients as there are substantially fewer potential donors on the UK aligned stem cell registry.

About us:

DKMS is a charity that is dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. Our mission is to provide a matching donor for every blood cancer patient in need of a blood stem cell donation. To make this happen we raise awareness, recruit and retain potential blood stem cell donors to provide a second chance of life.

Other ways to help: Organise a Registration Event:

We are also seeking people to organise events to help to register potential lifesavers. Registering as a potential blood stem cell takes less than 10 minutes it entails a cheek swab and reviewing the eligibility criteria. To run a successful registration event, we recommend at least having two volunteers but it’s highly dependent on the number of people at the event that are aged 17-55 years old. DKMS are always happy to send a representative so for  more information please contact alan.miller@dkms.org.uk

To read more please see our blog post – https://mitzvahday.org.uk/can-you-save-a-life-this-mitzvah-day/ and find out how one remarkable woman fought to bring awareness to the Jewish community.