DKMS is a charity dedicated to helping patients with blood cancer or a blood disorder. We manage a register of lifesavers-in-waiting, people willing to donate their blood stem cells to a stranger. Our mission is to find a matching blood stem cell donor for every patient who needs one and we need your help to do that.
Often, after other therapies have failed, these patients need a stem cell transplant from another person. Each patient needs to find a genetic ‘match’ with a potential donor. This can be like finding a needle in a haystack, which is why we need as many people as possible on the register.
Right now, two known members of the SQLBits community have been affected by blood cancer. Which we can hopefully help accelerate the search for a donor by all the lovely people who signed up at SQLBits this year.
A generous member of the SQLBits community has also kindly offered to match any donations made to DKMS during the conference up to £2,000. It costs DKMS £40 to register each new donor. That means giving just £20 will result in DKMS being able to register a potential lifesaver, which we more than smashed out the park!
Take a look at the tweet from William to read the final results from our generous SQLBits community:
Thank you to everyone who visited DKMS’ stand at this year’s SQLBits and became a donor.
If you don’t get a chance to meet the team, register online at http://www.dkms.org.uk/SQLBits. Registering is simple, it involves three cheek swabs and letting us know how to reach you if you’re ever a match.