One thing that is not changing in today’s world is the need for more lifesaving bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. Patients all over the world are still searching for the hero that will give them a second chance at a healthy life. You can join us in giving those patients hope by helping to register donors through our 10 for 10 Million More program.
The best part?
Knowing that you’re helping cancer patients and people all over the world by giving them the hope they need to keep fighting.
Every day, DKMS provides 20 lifesaving blood stem cell transplants all around the world. With many medical setbacks due to COVID-19, there patients need our help now more than ever. We want to give you the opportunity to safely join the fight in giving patients a chance at life. Every registered donor may be the ONE person a patient in need in need is waiting for to help save their life.
When I got the email close to 4 years after registering, I went completely numb for a moment out shock. I immediately called my parents to tell them. The cause is so close to home being that my sister-in-law had childhood leukemia, I expected them to understand. My family was super supportive about the donation and couldn’t believe how blessed I am to be able to share this experience with someone. Their continuous love and support every day made me feel confident that I was doing the right thing. Registering to be a donor is such a small thing to do for the big impact it has. Giving the gift of life is something I could never regret.
This is the donation method used in 75% of cases. Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. These same blood-forming cells found in bone marrow are also found in the circulating (peripheral) blood. It takes about 4-8 hours on 1-2 consecutive days.
This is the donation method used in about 25% of cases, generally when the patient is a child. It is a 1-2 hour surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, so no pain is experienced during the donation. Marrow cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone using a syringe.
- We create awareness of blood cancer diseases and treatments.
- We recruit stem cell donors to give those in need of a stem cell donation a second chance at life.
- We engage the public as well as companies to organize donor registration events.
- We raise funds to increase both the size and diversity of the worldwide pool of available stem cell donors.
- We help to improve blood cancer treatment – through our own research and state-of-the-art technology in our laboratory
- We maintain our donor relationship from day one of registration until stem cell donation.