At Friday’s (8 December) Organ
Donation-focused Belfast Giants game, head over to The Bridge to assist DKMS with a quick swab test to become
a potential blood stem cell donor.
DKMS are an international
charity dedicated to fighting blood cancer and blood disorders. They provide
patients with a second chance at life, working closely with them and their
families from diagnosis to transplant and beyond.
The donor journey begins with a
swab of the cheek that takes two minutes and can, quite literally, be
Over 2,000 people each year in the UK
are in need of a blood stem cell transplant, however, just 3% of the UK’s
population are registered as potential donors. For more information on DKMS,
please click here.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
If you're available and
interested in making a difference, here's how you can take part and what you
need to know:
Go to The Bridge on Friday's
game, from doors open (6pm) and in-between both period breaks, where our
volunteers will be ready to take you through the quick and easy process to
- Step 1: Answer a few health questions to make
sure you are safe to donate.
- Step 2: Swab your cheeks. Our volunteers will
be on hand to guide you through this process, which will take only a few
- Step 3: We then send your swabs to the DKMS
laboratory, where you are then added to the register as a potential donor
for patients worldwide.
- Step 4: If you are a potential match, the
DKMS team will be in touch.
Also, at the game on Friday, we
will facilitate organ donation discussions on The Bridge.
To check eligibility for becoming a
donor, please click here.