We ask potential blood stem cell donors to give a two-minute swab sample from the inside of their cheek and fill in a consent form. This is done at one of our donor drives or at home via requesting a kit from our website.
Anyone in the UK aged between 17 and 55 and in good general health can join our registry.
The swabs are sent to our laboratory where the samples are analysed and donors listed anonymously on our blood stem cell registry.
Everyone on the registry has the opportunity to be a life-saving donor for anyone around the world until their 61st birthday.
When a patient who needs a transplant contacts DKMS, we organise a campaign to raise the chances of finding a life-saving donor, whenever we can.
Unrelated donors need to share at least 8 out of 10 tissue characteristics with a patient. The closer the match, the better the chances of beating cancer.
In this section, we would like to thank our cooperation partners and share stories from our recent corporate partnerships. We hope this sparks some ideas about how you could collaborate with us and inspires you to join the fight against blood cancer.
UBM and "Give As You Gain"
At the end of last year, UBM successfully launched the first cycle of their employee program ‘Give As You Gain’ – an internal charitable giving initiative which places donation decision power in the hands of UBMers.
Deloitte and “Impact That Matters”
Announced in 2015 to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Deloitte’s presence in Poland, Social Initiatives aim to develop innovative solutions that will help address the most important social challenges in Poland.
Give As You Gain enables UBMers to donate the points they earn by engaging with their internal social network – known as The Hub, to great charitable causes. Every six months, £25,000 is allocated to three nominated charities with the donations split determined by the total number of points received for each one. The more points a UBMer donates, the more influence they have over how much of the pot is donated to their preferred charity.
In this second cycle, UBMers were first invited to nominate causes that were close to their heart. 58 were the nominations and saw a great variety in the type of charity put forward.
This made the selection process for three ‘finalists’ a big challenge. The UBM Community Engagement Committee, who reviewed the nominations, were humbled to read the passion shown by UBM employees.
DKMS was selected as one of the finalists and invited for a lunch & learn, to talk about our core mission and to engage with the employees. The involvement of UBMers was amazing since the very beginning and our cause touched the hearts of everyone.
As a result, DKMS received 101,467 Hub points, which is 28.13% of the total amount and resulted in £7,031.50. We were very grateful for this amazing monetary contribution and we hope to build up a long lasting relationship with UBM.
The program is both an internal competition for Deloitte employees and part of a broader Deloitte employee volunteering program (watch video).
Employees can propose their ideas for projects they would like to commit to, which are then financed, supported and executed by Deloitte. Initiatives can be aimed at local communities or can have nationwide impact.
Ewelina, a consultant in the Tax Advisory Department, coordinates the registration of potential stem cell donors and supports DKMS Poland. Ewelina's relationship with DKMS started in 2013 when she donated her stem cells and gave someone a second chance at life. The transplant was accepted success, meaning the recipient can travel, swim and spend time with his family and friends.
Thanks to Ewelina’s engagement, there was a corporate drive organized for the registration of potential lifesavers. The event took place on 14 June and volunteers registered 43 new potential donors. The next Deloitte Donor Day will be held in September. Additionally, Deloitte donated 10,000 PLN (2,500 EUR) for DKMS to further work, develop and propagate this idea in Poland.
When corporate responsibility meets social responsibility, more is possible!
In this section, we take a break and explore NYC, home of DKMS US, with Danetsy Len, Fundraising employee of DKMS and our tour guide for today.
What is your favorite thing about NYC?
I was born in Panama and grew up in California, but have lived on the East Coast for 11 years and New York for 7 years. While I still hate winter, the rest of year definitely makes up for it. NYC during the summer is incredible – outdoor movie screenings, street festivals, free concerts, and rooftops galore!
I love the diversity of this city and the ability to find your little corner no matter how obscure your interests are. Case in point? Every October a huge Panamanian parade marches down the streets of Brooklyn and for a few hours I eat delicious food, dance and am instantly transported home. It is estimated that there are as many as 800 languages spoken in NYC and I love living among that – there’s always new cuisines and new cultural experiences to explore!
What do you recommend doing after a long day of work?
We are fortunate that the DKMS office is located in the Financial District and is a short walk from various waterfronts. I enjoy heading over to the Seaport District, walking along the beautiful cobblestone streets and enjoying the views of the Brooklyn Bridge. Make sure to pick up some tacos from El Luchador on your way over and grab a drink at the newly opened Pier 17.
During the summer after work you can mostly find me at one of the many outdoor salsa events in the city. Bryant Park, Plaza 33 in front of Madison Square Garden and Pier 45 in Hudson River Park all have super fun events with live music, DJs and even lessons before the dancing kicks off.
What do you recommend doing during the weekend?
I live in Brooklyn and tend to stay there during the weekends. I recommend taking a picnic to Prospect Park and swinging by either the Brooklyn Museum or the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which are right next door. During the spring, the cherry blossoms at the garden are a must- see.
Finish the day by heading over to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, where you can walk under the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges with lots of options for food and drink along the way. I like the New York style pizza from Juliana’s (the line is worth it!) and ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery. If you time it right, you can stay and watch a beautiful sunset surrounded by the NYC skyline and waterfront.