The new partnership will enable people between the ages of 17 and 55 to sign up to the stem cell donor register by filling in a form and using swabs to give some cheek cell samples for tissue analysis. A simple sign up, yet it could save a life!
Someone is diagnosed with blood cancer in UK every 18 minutes, every 10 minutes blood cancer takes a life somewhere in the world. In the UK around 50% of patients never find the lifesaving match they need. To be considered a match the donor and patient must have at least eight out of 10 tissue characteristics (HLA) in common, but ideally should have 10.
Delete Blood Cancer UK launched on February 19th 2013 with a single vision, to delete blood cancer by finding a donor for everyone in need of a donor, by empowering people to take action, give stem cells and save lives. Delete Blood Cancer UK is part of the DKMS family of organisations which has grown to become the world’s largest bone marrow centre.
Since 2008, Love Hope Strength USA has been working in partnership with Delete Blood Cancer US, and have been undertaking donor recruitment drives at a range of cultural events through a campaign called ‘GET ON THE LIST’. So far they have recruited 30,000 potential donors to the USA register. There have been nearly 500 potentially lifesaving matches between donors and patients in need so far in those five years. We are now in a position to replicate this exciting ‘GET ON THE LIST’ campaign in the UK now.
Audience members can sign up to ‘GET ON THE LIST’ during all of the gigs throughout the Alarm tour and some day they may be the one to save a life, and help the mission to prevent thousands of people dying from blood cancer every year.
Please come along to the Love Hope Strength Foundation/ Delete Blood Cancer UK stand on the tour, and find out how you can register, get swabbed, and save a life!
Together, we can increase the chance that every patient will find the lifesaving match they need.