WNIHL: Shadows supporting DKMS as official charity
September 13, 2019
Proud WNIHL members Sheffield Shadows have named their chosen charity for the coming season.
Last year the Shadows decided that each season we would name an ‘official’ charity and raise funds for them.
Last season they raised over £400 through bake sales at our U16 girls games for Myeloma UK, a charity that raises awareness and supports people affected by Myeloma.
Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that develops from cells in the bone marrow and has massively affected the families of several of our players. Blood cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK, with someone being diagnosed every 20 minutes with 2,000 people looking for a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donor each year.
This season Shadows will be supporting DKMS UK, closely linked with Myeloma. DKMS’s vision is to provide every blood cancer patient with a matching donor or help with access to treatment – around the globe. Finding a person with a matching tissue type for someone in need of a blood stem cell donation is not easy. DKMS offer stem cell swabbing kits, these results are then kept in a worldwide database with a hope that they are matched so that they can potentially save someones life.
Only 30% of the blood cancer patients in need of blood stem cell donation find a donor within their family. The rest rely on the odds of finding a match on the UK stem cell registry.
The Shadows will be fundraising at home games, taking part in a sponsored event and helping to promote awareness of this fantastic charity and cause.
For further information or to request a swab kit please visit: https://www.dkms.org.uk/en