Become a blood stem cell donor
Are you considering joining a (bone marrow) blood stem cell registry?
Every year, thousands of patients around the world are diagnosed with leukaemia and other blood-related diseases. In the past, this diagnosis was often fatal. Today, a blood stem cell transplant can be a potentially life-saving treatment for more than 70 different diseases. A blood stem cell transplant replaces a person’s defective stem cells with healthy ones. More than 50,000 patients worldwide receive transplants every year, and this number continues to rise.
Sadly, many patients who could benefit from this life-saving procedure do not get the treatment they so desperately need – because finding a donor with a similar tissue type is no easy task. In around one-third of cases, a donor can be found within a patient’s family. But the rest of the time, an unrelated donor is required for successful transplantation.
For information on becoming a donor download one of our flyers below.
The Sunflower Fund partnered by DKMS’s stem cell registry is constantly looking to increase its database both in number as well as ethnic diversity.
Will you help us find a match for everyone in need of a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donation?
To become a potential blood stem cell donor:
- Check your eligibility and request a swab kit.
- Complete the swabs we courier to you at home or your office and send them back.
Once we receive your swabs, we will analyse your tissue type and add your details on The Sunflower Fund partnered by DKMS’s stem cell registry in an anonymised form. Your details will then be part of blood stem cell donor searches for people all over the world who need a genetic match to get a second chance at life.
CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY
Your age, location and current health status are important. Check to see if you can become a blood stem cell donor.