You can save a life by becoming a stem cell donor!

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Every 27 seconds, someone somewhere in the world is diagnosed with blood cancer.

You could be someones second chance at life.
4 out of 10 people looking for an unrelated matching donor worldwide are not able to find a match. But you can help us change this.
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Only 30% of all patients are able to find a compatible stem cell donor within their family
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Ready to become a potential lifesaver?

How does it work?

1. Order a swab kit online
Answer a few simple questions about yourself to make sure you’ll be eligible to donate if needed. If it’s a yes, then you’ll be directed to a page where you can request your swab kit online.
2. Swab your cheeks, return your kit
Swab the inside of your cheeks and send the swabs back to us (there are instructions on the envelope that will be sent). The swabs will then be analyzed in our lab to determine your HLA (tissue) characteristics – this is how we match donors and patients.
3. We will add you to the registry
Once we have analyzed your samples, we will add you to the registry and you will be available for patients all around the world who are searching for a donor. Amazing!
You are a match
If you come up as a potential match for someone, the donation process can begin. Our team will be in touch as soon as possible.
Health check
DKMS-BMST will contact you and you will be asked to provide a blood sample for further testing. If the results confirm that you are a suitable donor, you will be asked to donate your stem cells.
Peripheral blood stem cell donation
Peripheral blood stem cell collection is safe and the most commonly used donation method today. Prior to the blood stem cell collection, the donor receives a daily injection of G-CSF for five consecutive days, to mobilize and build up the number of stem cells in the circulating bloodstream.
The patient receives your blood stem cells
The collected blood stem cells are transplanted to the patient, in a procedure similar to a blood transfusion.
A second chance at life
Your job is done and your incredible donation will help to give someone a second chance at life.

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Already registered? Check our Donor Resources:
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Are you ready to become a potential lifesaver in just a few minutes? Join the registry now
Help us to register even more lifesavers
We’d love it if you could help us to get more people on the registry and thus give new hope for life to many blood cancer patients.