Without you, there is no cure
That’s what we say to the incredible volunteers who power our lifesaving work. And we mean it. Because without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to help people with blood cancer find the matching stem cell donors that they need to survive.
With as little as a few spare hours each week, you could make a lifesaving difference. By becoming one of SFSMDR’s amazing volunteers, you can give hope for a saving a life with a stem cell transplantation to people with blood cancer and blood disorders.
Not sure what kind of volunteering is best for you? You’re in the right place. We’ll help you find your own lifesaving role, which works around your time commitments, availability and skills. Here are a few options to explore:
If you are a celebrity and you are willing to help raising the awareness for donating stem cells (marrow) join our group “Our supporters- ambassadors of SFSMDR”. By involving and affirming the need for more marrow donors you will help increase the number of potential marrow donors and thus increase the chances of saving lives.
A little pressed with time, but you want to get involved in our lifesaving work?
Maybe you work full time or are a full-time student but have little flexibility? Or maybe you just want to see if volunteering is for you.
If this sounds like you, check out the items below. You can attend fundraising events and donor recruitment events, sit at a panel for patients and families, or cheer for #TeamSFSMDR at marathon events. There are many opportunities to use your precious free time to help save lives.
Get involved in our donation actions and help us save lives.
You can help in many ways:
Do you have a lot of time in your hands and want to use it to help give people a second chance at life? You may be retired or between jobs.
Your free time can save lives and we are sure we can put you in the right role.
Oh, hello! It’s great to see you here. Surely you want to know more about supporting the SFSMDR’s life-saving work. Well, you came to the right place.
There are so many ways to start your heroic rescue journey. Where do you start?
Register as a potential donor
Sure, writing essays, revising, and all that other school stuff is important… but you know what’s more productive? Saving lives! Don’t worry, we won’t tell your teachers…
If you’re aged 18–51 and in good health, you could be a hero and save the life of someone with blood cancer by joining the SFSMDR stem cell register.
For someone with blood cancer, an amazing stranger donating their stem cells could be their best chance of survival.
But first they need a match. And that match could be you.
Here are the facts
You can join online! You’ll get a pack in the post for you to do a buccal swab and send it back (at our expense). We’ll test your sample and add your information to the stem cell registry.
You’ll stay on the registry until you reach the age of 61. If you ever come up as a match for someone with blood cancer, we’ll be in touch.
We’ll organize the whole thing. We support you at every stage of your donation and arrange everything, from travel to accommodation. We’ve got it all covered.
There are two ways you might be asked to donate:
90% of people donate via their bloodstream in a straightforward process, called peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection.
10% have their stem cells collected via their bone marrow (pelvis) while under general anesthetic.