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.

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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
70% of patients will not find matching blood marrow donors in their family. Their lives depend on people like you. We've registered 10 million potential donors, but we need #10MillionMore. Join us in the fight against blood cancer -- head to the link in bio to register to become a potential donor. 
#dkms #bonemarrow #cancer #bonemarrowtransplant #leukemia #bonemarrowdonation #childhoodcancerawareness #savealife #childhoodcancer #ahealinggrace #lymphoma #transplantlife #matchedsibling
Thank you to each and every one of our 10 million registered donors, who have given over 85,000-second chances at life to a complete stranger. The inspiration you provide every day is the motivation that pushes us ever onward, as we work towards our ultimate dream: that we only stop when patients no longer need our help. On our own, we are strong, together as a team we are unstoppable. #team10million
Thanks to tens of thousands of supporters and volunteers across the world, DKMS is proud to announce this accomplishment. For many patients, long-term survival is reliant on finding a matching donor, yet nearly 40% of patients are unable to find the match they need. With 10 million registered donors and counting, DKMS and our supporters are hoping to change the odds for patients and remind them that they are never alone in their fight. On our own, we are strong, together as a team we are unstoppable #team10million
Together with our donors and supporters, we fight to save the lives of patients around the world. Blood cancer does not differentiate. At DKMS every life counts and every life is equal. DKMS stands for diversity, individuality, and freedom.

We can only create change and tackle life’s biggest challenges when we stand together. DKMS proudly stands with all of our employees, patients, donors, and supporters in delivering a message of love, hope, and the chance for a brighter future.
📅 Today World Blood Cancer Day, and we need your help! .
There’s a lot you can do to take part, like registering as a blood stem cell donor, raising money and spreading the word on your channels. ❤️ .
Check out the link in our bio for more. Together we can defeat blood cancer! #WBCD .
👏 Nothing like a celebratory video call to help us through these difficult times! #DKMS donor recruiters are giving the good news to @teamcharrison that a lifesaving match was found from the drive they held at @parshepiscopalschool in January. .
❤️ Harrison's mom, Courtney was moved by the news.
🎵 Happy birthday to you, 🎊 🎵 Happy birthday to you, 🎉 🎵 Happy birthday dear Lexie, ❤️ 🎵 Happy birthday to you! 👏 .
Lexie is an amazing donor who would not let the Covid-19 pandemic stop her from donating her blood stem cells. Because of her, a patient fighting #leukemia can have more birthdays of their own. .
Let's show some #DKMSGratitude and wish her a very happy birthday!
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