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Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. A blood stem cell donation from a matching donor could save their lives.
DKMS UK, formerly known as Delete Blood Cancer, was launched in the UK in February 2013 with a key mission to increase the pool of lifesaving blood stem cell donors so that not one single person suffering from a blood cancer should die because they are unable to find a matching blood stem cell donor.
They are part of DKMS (The Foundation for Donating Life), a global family of organisations that started in Germany in 1991 around one family’s search for a donor. Dr. Peter Harf and Prof. Gerhard Ehninger founded DKMS in honour of Harf’s wife Mechtild, who had sadly lost her battle with blood cancer. DKMS has grown to become the world’s largest stem cell donor centre. More than 59,000 people have made a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donation since 1991. Today, over 6.5 million potential donors have registered across the five countries.