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DID YOU KNOW? 🤔

5 things to remember after registering as potential blood stem cell donor:

1. Changing health conditions? 📈
Be sure to tell your doctor or health care professional that you’re registered as a potential blood stem cell donor. You’ll also need to get in touch with our Donor Management team as it may affect your eligibility to donate.

2. Baby on board? Don’t spare the details! 🤰
If you give birth or become pregnant after registering, we want to hear all about it! We’ll keep you on the register, but you’ll need to be temporarily deactivated during your pregnancy and for six months after birth. It’s best to wait until after you have stopped breastfeeding before re-activating your registration, so if this exceeds six months, please keep us updated.

3. If you move overseas after registering, do send us a post card! 🌍
It’s very important that we keep our donor database up to date so if you move abroad, please do let us know. From here, we’ll transfer your details or inform you if this isn’t possible to you can register again in your new country of residence.

4. Keep us in the loop 💌
It's important that we can reach you if you're identified as a lifesaving matching donor so be sure to keep your contact details up to date online! dkms.org.uk/updatemydetails

5. Don’t be a stranger! ☎
We’re always here to chat through any questions or concerns that might pop up. We love hearing from our lifesavers-in-waiting so don’t hesitate to reach out to us via social media, email or drop us a line. You can find out contact details here: www.dkms.org.uk/en/contact 💕
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Today is DKMS World Blood Cancer Day!

This World Blood Cancer Day, we want to thank all our supporters who have helped us on this journey so far.

Thanks to our donors, we have given over 70,000 people in need of a stem cell donation a second chance at life. Thanks to our potential lifesavers, we have registered over 8 million potential stem cell donors globally. 💪

And thanks to you 😇, we have been able to raise awareness for those affected by blood cancer all over the world.

It's not too late to join! Please share this post, update your profile picture with the World Blood Cancer Day frame, and make your mark against blood cancer. 💕

Together, we can work towards our goal of giving everyone in need of a stem cell donation a second chance at life.
Please share and help us spread the word for World Blood Cancer Day! 🔊

Find out more at worldbloodcancerday.org.

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‼️ GARVIE NEEDS YOU ‼

Can you help seven-year-old Garvie from Dundee beat leukaemia? Please register as a potential blood stem cell donor at www.dkms.org.uk/garvie.

Hayley, his mum, pleads: “We desperately need to find Garvie a match before the blood cancer has a chance to take hold.

“As a family we were completely distraught [with his diagnosis of leukaemia], but things went from bad to worse just after Christmas.”

Since his diagnosis last October, Garvie has been undergoing chemotherapy, however it has failed to put the disease into remission. His best chance of survival now is a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor. According to Metro.co.uk, Doctors have said his tissue is so rare they haven’t yet been able to find a donor match for him on the registry.

"He will need yet another round of chemo and radiotherapy to get to a level where he is able to receive a blood stem cell donation,” shared Hayley.

“He is being so brave and he is actually the one who is keeping the rest of us going. I’m trying to stay as positive as possible but it’s really hard. However, Garvie is staying strong, so I feel I have to stay strong for him as well.

“Every person we get to sign up to the registry gives Garvie a better chance of finding a match.”

You could give this incredible boy a chance to have a long and healthy life, and to enjoy his hobbies – anything to do with football, particularly Dundee United, and fast cars.

Can you help little Garvie or someone like him? Register as a potential blood stem cell donor here: www.dkms.org.uk/garvie

If you have already registered, there’s no need to do it again but please share this post and remember to return your swab kit if you haven’t.

On behalf of #TeamGarvie and everyone else in need of a match, thank you!
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Alex may have saved someone’s life – and you could too! Ahead of DKMS World Blood Cancer Day (28 May), please register as a potential blood stem cell donor: www.dkms.org.uk/wbcd

After seeing a friend’s appeal for a blood stem cell donor for her father, Alex immediately knew he wanted to do something to help, so he registered online as a potential lifesaver with DKMS. “I was impressed with how efficient it was. I completed the swab test and sent it back to DKMS in the post. And that was it, I didn’t expect to hear anything again.”

Two years later, however, Alex received the all-important call to say he was a match for someone: “I felt like my life had turned upside down with pure happiness.” He donated in 2015 via peripheral blood stem cell collection. “After the donation, I was elated. I felt a bit emotional because the hope is that you are going to save someone, but you don’t know what exactly is going to happen. It is such a powerful feeling.”

“It was made even more special when I received a message from my friend, thanking me. I told her there was no reason for her to thank me, because it was her dad’s campaign all those years ago which led me to possibly save someone’s life.”

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Did you know?

Everyone - male and female - counts in the fight against blood cancer.

But, despite being most frequently requested as potential blood stem cell donors and accounting for 70% of all stem cell donations with DKMS, men only account for 39% of our global database of registered donors.

Please keep spreading the word and encouraging both your male and female friends to register as potential lifesavers. If you or your friend are found to be a match, you could give someone in need of a blood stem cell donation a second chance at life.

Find out more here ▶️ https://www.worldbloodcancerday.org/en/

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With World Blood Cancer Cancer Day coming up on the 28th May, we wanted to share a simple fact. Here in the UK only 2% of the population are registered as potential blood stem cell donors.

Although not everyone is able to register, we would like to encourage as many people as possible to ask themselves right now "could I be a potential stem cell donor and give someone with blood cancer or blood disorder a second chance of life?"

▶️ Find out if you are eligible and become a potential lifesaver at: www.dkms.org.uk/wbcd
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Appearing on ITV’s ‘This Time Next Year’ show, Sean shares his journey back to health after a blood cancer diagnosis. The show features the emotional moment where Sean and his family travel from their home in Wales to meet the blood stem cell donor who changed their lives, Grant, in the US.

“I just wanted to give him a cwtch and just say thank you so much for everything he has done for me,” shared Sean ahead of the meeting.

The emotional meeting takes place two years after the stem cell donation. The two men are now firm friends, and call each other ‘brother’.

Celebrity host Davina McCall concludes the story by saying: “I think this story is an amazing highlight on how important it is to get people to sign up [register as potential blood stem cell donors].”

Watch Sean and Grant’s story in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBYhqv2zJ0g - we look forward to following their friendship in the future!
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Dedicated father of two boys, Peter, from Cheshire was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in March 2017 and he needs to find a matching stem cell donor to beat it. ✨

Peter’s story has not only touched many hearts 💕, but inspired a variety of stem cell donor registration drives and fundraising events.

With all the support people have been giving to Peter’s appeal, #Match4Peter, they’ve been giving him and other people in need of a donation hope, and increasing their chances of finding a match.

Hearing about Peter’s story, Ian was galvanized to set himself a challenge to run in the Chester Half Marathon, support the ongoing campaign, raising more awareness and fundraising every step of the way. Ian shared: “Loads of people were asking why I was running, and how they can register, so hopefully they will.”

Inspired by Peter’s appeal, more than 2,100 people have signed up as potential lifesavers so far and we thank each and every one of you. 🙏 However, Peter is still looking for his unique match.

After a donor drive, Peter’s mum, June, said for Whitby Gazette: “The word thank you isn’t enough. In evidence, on Friday, was genuine goodness and kindness, care and consideration, at work.

"At the end of the day this is about our son and other cancer sufferers. We will continue to try to find a donor and there will be other events. As parents, you never give up, whatever it takes." ❤️

At DKMS, we never give up either and are determined to do anything it takes to help everyone in need of a stem cell transplant find a potentially lifesaving donor!

And, events are continuing to run - including a drive at the match tonight between Leeds Rhinos & Warrington Wolves.
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Make your mark on DKMS World Blood Cancer Day!

On May 28, people all over the world join together in support of DKMS World Blood Cancer Day. Our aim is to show solidarity with those affected by blood cancer and raise awareness for this global issue.

With less than one month to go, we want you to take part! There are many ways to get involved, from registering as a potential stem cell donor to organizing an event, donating money or simply sharing the red ‘&’ sign – the official symbol of World Blood Cancer Day, showing solidarity commitment and community.

Please visit worldbloodcancerday.org to find out more! Don’t forget to share your support using the hashtag #WBCD and add the DKMS frame to your Facebook profile image to show your support!

Make your mark and join the fight against blood cancer!
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“I’m really scared of needles so I felt nervous but the nurses were so lovely and made sure I was comfortable.”

Clare shares her story about giving someone the precious gift of a second chance at life. She was inspired to register as a potential blood stem cell donor when she read a patient appeal that hit close to home.

Watch Clare and her daughter talk about Clare’s experience from preparation for donation through to the actual donation day.

“It’s hard to put into words how much the opportunity to donate my blood stem cells to someone in need means to me. It’s a real honour.

So often we see people who are unwell and we feel helpless. It was really special to have the chance to do something to help.”

Learn more here - https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/i-am-scared-needles-nurses-made-sure-i-was-comfortable
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