February is Black History Month

This month, let’s help more African Americans win their fight against blood cancers like leukemia and other life-threating illnesses like sickle cell disease.

FACT: People of color are under-represented on the bone marrow registry – accounting for only 7% of all registrants. Because a patient's best chance of finding a bone marrow match is from someone of similar ancestry, African Americans needing a transplant face huge challenges.

Let’s change this! Join the movement to save lives during Black History Month.

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Physicians That Made an Impact

Dr. Jane Cooke Wright

Dr. Jane Cooke Wright

Dr. Jane Cooke Wright made her mark in clinical cancer chemotherapy and was among the first researchers to test chemotherapeutic drugs in humans, which produced effective dosing levels and helped saved lives.

Dr. Harold Freeman

Dr. Harold Freeman

Dr. Harold Freeman introduced the concept of Patient Navigation to improve the healthcare experience across socio-economic classes, which has been embraced by the nation and expanded worldwide.

Dr. Racquel Innis-Shelton

Dr. Racquel Innis-Shelton

Dr. Racquel Innis-Shelton is the medical director of the University of Alabama-Birmingham's Myeloma Clinic. She focuses on health disparities and translational clinical trial development.

Our Survivors

Tiffany

Tiffany Glasgow

Tiffany Glasgow loved to dance but sickle cell anemia kept her bound to a wheelchair. After years of intense treatment, Tiffany finally received the life-saving transplant that allowed her to dance again.

Quiana Parks

Quiana Parks

Quiana Parks was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004, at the end of her sophomore year of college. Fortunately, chemotherapy treatments helped Quiana winning her battle against cancer.

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox

Carl Fox

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox has spent his life fighting for what he believes and paving the way for others. Carl’s life of dispensing justice was in jeopardy when he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in April of 2015.

 

In May 2015, she graduated from the eighth grade as student body president and performed two dances. Tiffany’s family continues to host drives and raise awareness to inspire more people of color to join the bone marrow registry.

 

Since then, she’s emerged as a world-renowned DJ for television shows, celebrity parties, and special events. Nearly ten years later after her diagnosis, Quiana launched “DJ for a Cure,” an awareness project that bridges her love for music with building a discussion around blood cancers. As a proud survivor, Quiana continues to use her talents to give other patients and survivors a voice.

 

The first Black District Attorney for North Carolina, Judge Fox used his fight as an opportunity to shed light on the need for more African Americans to join the bone marrow registry. “My chances of a match increase if there are more young African American donors on the registry,” said Fox, who launched a Facebook campaign called “Save the Fox.” Judge Fox has won his battle against MDS, and continues to raise awareness about the need for diversity on the registry.

Our Lifesavers

Corey

Corey Sully donated bone marrow in spring of 2017 to a patient in need of a transplant. Today Corey is an advocate for DKMS and hopes to raise awareness and inspire action in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia and blood disorders like sickle cell disease.

Tamara

Tamara Etheridg

In 2014, Tamara Etheridge found out that she was a match for a patient! "Although most donors give blood stem cells, which is more like a lengthy plasma donation, I needed to donate bone marrow. When I was told the person that the patient getting my marrow was a little girl

Evander

Evander Holyfield, Jr.

When Evander Holyfield, Jr. registered as a bone marrow donor in January 2011, he never imagined what a lifesaving decision it would be for Darian Craig, a teenager from Tennessee.

 

African Americans are underrepresented on the bone marrow registry – accounting for only 7% of all registrants. Together we can change this. Sign up as a potential bone marrow donor: dkms.org/register

 

When I was told the person that the patient getting my marrow was a little girl— I immediately broke down into tears on the phone." Since then, Tamara has worked to encourage more young adults to sign up, stand out and save a life – as a spokesperson for our #UniqueBecause campaign.

 

As it turned out, the son of the heavyweight champion boxer was the right match for Darian in more ways than one: She was a fighter too. Evander learned he was a match and donated his stem cells 11 months later. With donors like Evander we continue to FIGHT for patients in need of a transplant!

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Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer
We Can Delete Blood Cancer
Donors like Corie bring hope to patients worldwide ❤️ . She signed up to be a #bonemarrowdonor at @slu_official eight years ago.  Earlier this year she stepped up and donated to a patient in need of a transplant and honor the memory of her father in law who lost his battle to leukemia. 
#DKMS #deletebloodcancer #bonemarrowdonors #fightcancer #donor #donate
Nine-year-old Emma had to give up the activities that she loves so much when she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. This condition causes her body to stop producing new blood cells. She's often exhausted and now at increased risk for infections and uncontrolled bleeding. The cure is a bone marrow transplant.

Emma's adopted and there are no immediate bone marrow matches in her family. She must rely on a stranger to step up and register. Due to the lack of diversity on the national registry, it will be even harder for Emma to find a match. Will you step up for Emma?
Our friends at the @runproject hosted the #TooHotToHandle race 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ in Dallas over the weekend. Over 2,500 racers participated and proceeds from the half marathon went towards the fight against blood cancer.
Arm in arm like brothers and face-to-face for the first time, Steven (left) and @joshwildhorn (right) shared a special moment at the @ABC7NY studios.

In February of 2017, Steven answered the call to save a young man in Seattle who was fighting leukemia. He donated his stem cells and today, Josh continues to rock out with his heavy metal band @designerdisguise. 
#DKMS #AgainstBloodCancer7NY #ABC7NY #cancersurvivor #deletebloodcancer #bringhope #feelgood #inspirational #motivational #bonemarrowtransplant #DKMSUS
Look who we found outside the @abc7ny studios! @kellyripa! She wants you to come down to the ABC Studios and #swabyourcheeks to become a registered #bonemarrowdonor. We agree! Thanks for your support, Kelly!
You can help us give 2-year-old Jeremy more reasons to smile 😃. He was born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disorder that affects his immune system. Because there are no matches in his family, he depends on a stranger stepping up to donate their bone marrow 💉 to give him a healthy shot at life. 
Will you step up?
Wishing happiness and good health to all the amazing dads out there who are affected by cancer. 💙 #HappyFathersDay
Soaring high above the #nyc skyline, the @empirestatebldg was lit in red for World Blood Cancer Day on May 28th. ❤️
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📸: @ericvitalephotography