Could you save a life? DKMS Donor Drive at BECBC Nov Member Meeting

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Could you save a life? DKMS Donor Drive at BECBC Nov Member Meeting

Could you save a life? 
In November, DKMS are asking you to join them at a donor drive to complete a simple swab test.

Blood cancer claims the lives of more the 15,000 people each year – more than breast cancer or prostate cancer.

How can I save a life?
Simple. Register as a donor.

How do I register as a donor?
You can register online at www.DKMS.org.uk or you can attend one of our donor drives. Either way you check your eligibility, provide a swab sample and then send the swab kit back to DKMS (if you donate via a donor drive, they’ll be on hand to make the process even easier!)

DKMS analyse your tissue type and add your details on the UK stem cell registry in an anonymised form. Your details will then be part of a blood stem cell donor searches for people all over the world who need a genetic match to get a second chance at life.

If I’m called upon to be a donor, is it painful?
No. Advances in technology mean the process is typically pain-free. They now very rarely have to take bone marrow and can harvest stem cells from you blood. Therefore no pain, very little disturbance to your day and only slight fatigue following the procedure.

What’s the key criteria for being a donor?

  1. You need to live in the UK
  2. You need to be between 17 and 55 years of age
  3. You need to meet the health criteria (obesity, addictions and existing or previous health issues could make you ineligible to be a donor)
  4. You must not be registered on any other stem cell donor registry

When and where are the donor drives?

Wednesday 13 November 2019 (at BECBC Member Meeting)

  • Energus between 9.00am and 1.00pm

Thursday 21 November 2019

  • Sellafield site, B409 (main canteen) – between 9.00am and 3.00pm
  • Westlakes, Gunson Room, Ingwell Hall between 9.00am and 3.00pm

Friday 22 November 2019

  • Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project (note new location) between 9.00am and 5.00pm
  • Xtreme Fitness (Lillyhall) between 10.00am and 9.00pm

In the meantime, you can find out more or request a swab kit by visiting www.DKMS.org.uk