Lend DKMS a hand in the fight against blood cancer by hosting a #LetsNailBloodCancer Party this #givingtuesday

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer and 40% of patients in the UK still cannot find their potential lifesaver. For many of these people a blood stem cell donation, from a matching donor, will be their best and only chance of survival. Yet only one in three people in need will find a suitable matching donor within their own family.  Most rely on the selfless act of kindness from a stranger. Each year around 2,000 people in the UK and 37,000 people worldwide search for their lifesaver.  We are working tirelessly to register as many people onto the UK aligned stem cell registry as possible so that one day there will be a suitable donor for every person who needs one.

At DKMS, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Patients desperate to find their matching donor, like Mel, 41 from Leeds who has been battling aplastic anaemia since she was 8 and was recently diagnosed with myelodysplasia anaemia.  Or Chloe, 7, who was born with the blood disorder Diamond Blackfan Anaemia and now urgently needs a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor and 11-year-old Evie diagnosed  for the second time with acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, and needs another chance at life.

To mark #givingtuesday we’re asking you to get involved: request our fundraising pack and host a mani-pedicure party at home with your friends and family.  Alternatively why not organise a lunchtime party with colleagues to collectively prep your nails for the coming party season whilst at the same time giving back.  Salons and nail bars can get involved too! Demonstrate your social responsibility credentials by donating a percentage of profits from each nail treatment, conducted on #givingtuesday to raise money and help give a second chance of life to a blood cancer patient. How about holding a week-long party that engages all your employees and loyal customers showing that you care about our mission to provide a matching donor for every patient that needs one?

£40 covers the cost of registering one potential blood stem cell donor.  Whilst the NHS is very supportive, it falls to charities like DKMS to reach out to more lifesavers. The money you raise at your party will enable the registration of more people who will then go on standby to potentially save a life.

Become an advocate of our new and exciting fundraising campaign and join us in the fight against blood cancer.  Taking part is easy – and fun so put your best, pedicured foot forward and take the next step to getting your mitts on our kits at www.dkms.org.uk/letsnailbloodcancer  Show ‘Britain’s got Talons’ and together, #LetsNailBloodCancer!