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13-year-old Zac has had to spend most of his time in hospital since his acute lymphoblastic leukaemia returned in November 2016. Happily though, he was allowed to return home for a few hours a day over the Christmas period.

Zac, who is a massive fan of Star Wars and LEGO, received an extra-special Christmas present while he was at home. LEGO sent the latest ‘LEGO Star Wars’ sets for him to build and play with!

His mum, Dawn said: “This was such a wonderful surprise from LEGO! Zac was absolutely delighted and stunned.”

Thank you to LEGO for their wonderful gift! Zac is now undergoing further rounds of chemotherapy as he continues his fight against blood cancer. Please join us in wishing him the best of luck!
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There are some medical exclusions to registering, which are in place to ensure the safety of both the donor and the patient. The most notable of these are heart disease, lung disease, autoimmune conditions, metabolic diseases, and severe infectious diseases. There are other medical guidelines and some are decided on a case-by-case basis. You can find a list with the main ones here: http://bit.ly/MedicalExclusionsBloodStemCellDonor

If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to ask!
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Today is a special day – it’s the third anniversary of Gaurav’s blood stem cell transplant! Gaurav received his blood stem cell transplant after being diagnosed with the rare blood disorder, Monosomy 7, in June 2013 and is now healthy, happy and full of life. Please join us in wishing a happy anniversary to Gaurav! In a weekend of celebrations, Gaurav and his family also travelled to Germany to meet his donor for the very first time.

Here, Gaurav’s parents have shared what it was like when Gaurav was searching for a match and what his donation has meant for them as a family: www.dkms.org.uk/en/gauravs-story
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DKMS has reached an amazing milestone!

An incredible 60,000 donors from across DKMS entities in the UK, Germany, Poland, and the US have now given someone a second chance of life! We want to say a special thank you to all those donors. We also want to thank everyone that has registered and is on standby to save a life, and everyone that has volunteered, donated money, or helped to raise awareness. You have all made a difference in the fight against blood cancer!
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We want to say a big thank you to everyone that has donated money to our #ChanceAtLife campaign so far, we are nearly 15% of the way towards our target! If you haven’t done so, please help us find new potential blood stem cell donors, who could give a second chance of life to children like Yusuf and give hope to their parents, by making a donation.
https://www.dkms.org.uk/yusuf
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13-year-old Zac, from Hampshire, loves to lose himself in fantasy and adventure and is happiest when he has his nose in a good book, comic, movie, or game. He is a big fan of Star Wars, Transformers and Lego and also enjoys playing his guitar and practising his Taekwondo skills.

Unfortunately, Zac was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when he was nine, he was able to be treated and finished his course two years later. Sadly, in November this year, Zac’s leukaemia returned and he now urgently needs a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor.

None of Zac’s family are a match for him, so he needs to find a matching unrelated donor. On #GivingTuesday help Zac and other people in his situation find a matching donor that could give them a second chance of life. If you are in good health and between the ages of 17-55, please register to become a potential blood stem cell donor today: www.dkms.org.uk/register-now
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George, Treyvon, Alison, Ally, Venessa and Tommy all have one big New Year wish – to find a matching blood stem cell donor who can give them a second chance of life.

Could you be the potentially lifesaving match who can help make their wish come true? If you are in general good health and between the ages of 17-55, please register as a potential blood stem cell donor today: www.dkms.org.uk/register-now
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Meet George O’Shaughnessy, a happy and active 3-year-old boy from Portsmouth, who is having most fun when outdoors and playing with his little sister, Isabella. He loves dressing up and wants to be a paramedic when he grows up.

Sadly, George was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when he was just 22 months old. He managed to go into remission in April 2015 but unfortunately, his leukaemia returned in November 2016. George’s medical team have now said that a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor is his best chance of survival.

Having been told that George’s sister is not a match for him, George’s parents have launched a campaign encouraging people to join the stem cell registry. George’s mum, Amy, said: “Two years of chemo and George is fighting it for the second time. Thank you all so much for registering and spreading the word in the hope of finding him a match. Keep registering and sharing and hopefully soon we'll get told they've found his match!!”

Let’s help George and other people in his situation find a potentially lifesaving match! If you are in good health and between the ages of 17-55, please register as a potential blood stem cell donor today: www.dkms.org.uk/register-now
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8-year-old Treyvon Ferguson, from Bristol, is a happy, bright and loving little boy who loves riding his bike, eating pizza and hanging out with his friends. In April 2016, Treyvon complained of a pain in his leg and was taken to hospital. After tests, he was sadly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and began treatment.

Treatment was working well for Treyvon and he went into remission. Unfortunately, in November this year, Treyvon’s blood cancer returned and his parents were told that a blood stem cell donation would give him the best chance of beating his leukaemia. The search to find a matching blood stem cell donor is now on.

Treyvon’s Auntie, Sherleen, said: “This is now a critical situation where he is fighting for his life… It is more difficult for Treyvon to find a matching donor because there are not enough people with an African-Caribbean and mixed heritage signing up to the stem cell register.”

Could you be a potentially lifesaving donor for Treyvon, or anyone else in need of a blood stem cell donation? If you are aged 17-55, please register today as a potential blood stem cell donor and spread the word: www.dkms.org.uk/register-now
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Words can not express our sadness that Yusuf, who had been fighting a rare blood disorder Fanconi Anaemia since 2010, passed away on 5 December 2016. Yusuf was a brave little warrior, a very energetic boy and an extremely loving son and brother.

Everyone at DKMS UK has been touched by this painful news and our hearts go out to Yusuf’s family at this difficult time. We will continue the fight against blood cancer in memory of Yusuf and all the other children and adults whose lives have been cut short.

If you would like to leave a message for Yusuf’s family, please visit www.facebook.com/Young-Yusufs-Search-for-a-Bone-Marrow-Match-1472609109718767 or post using the #yusufssearch hashtag.
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Thank you to everyone that supported us on #GivingTuesday, check out some of the fantastic pictures shared by blood stem cell donor Kevin Davis, Adriana Holly (Ciesco Group) & Michal Holly (ING Bank), food blogger Leigh Muftuoglu, DKMS hub leader Roddy Fraser, George Norton (Raising IT), Steve Thomas (Purple Vision) and Jonni Berger (son of blood cancer patient Sharon Berger) & Philippa Munitz (niece of blood cancer patient Sharon Berger)!
We’d also like to say thank you to everyone who raised money for us, spread the word about blood stem cell donation, signed up to volunteer, and registered as a potential lifesaver. You are all making a difference in the fight against blood cancer!
You can join in on the fun and get your own £5 mouth prop pack – just in time for the festive party season! Don’t forget to send us your photos with it. We’d love to see them!
Thank you to everyone that supported us on #GivingTuesday, check out some of the fantastic pictures shared by blood stem cell donor Kevin Davis, Adriana...
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22nd November was the third anniversary since Finley received his blood stem cell transplant. The ‘Fight for Finley’ appeal was our fourth ever patient campaign. It saw 2,200 people register at a recruitment event on the Isle of Wight in 2013 and inspired thousands more to register online.

We are delighted to share the fantastic news that Finley is doing really well at school and is enjoying life again. Go Finley!
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We launched in the UK in February 2013 with a key mission to increase the pool of lifesaving blood stem cell donors, as we believe that not one single person suffering with a blood cancer should die because they are unable to find a matching blood stem cell donor.

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