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!

Join the movement to save lives during Black History Month.

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Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer
We Can Delete Blood Cancer
We're excited to welcome our new potential lifesavers to the #DKMSFamily. Swipe right 👉 👉 👉 👉 .

#DKMS #Deletebloodcancer #Getswabbed #bonemarrowdonor #bonemarrowdonors #swabselfie #swabselfies #DoGood
Christina knows first hand how patients are impacted by cancer. She’s a project manager @sloankettering and everyday she sees what those who are fighting and their families endure. She knew she could help change things. When she got the call that she was a match, naturally she stepped up to be a #bonemarrowdonor. #PeopleOfMSK
We’re excited to be the recipient of a $25,000 grant from our partners at @LoveYourMelon to help support the fees associated with registering new donors. This funding will specifically support our goal to register more young donors, which is currently the group most likely to ensure a successful transplant.

In addition, our college program, #ureact, will also be partnering with Love Your Melon’s Campus Crew programs in 2019. The Campus Crews will help host swab drives and register donors to DKMS across the United States.

Stay tuned for exciting updates about this partnership!
Only 4% - The challenge for Astrid to find a match.
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While Astrid is battling a rare form of #leukemia, she worries about the future of her children, just like any loving mom: “The thought of not seeing my little boys grow up is unbearable to me.” .
Astrid is mixed race of Nigerian and European decent, and ancestry plays a big part of the matching process. Currently, donors from minority ethnic backgrounds make up 4% of the donor registry. We need to help change her chances of finding a match! We can save Astrid and other mixed race patients! Join her fight. 
#MatchMyMix
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Katharina could not believe what was happening to her. .
“I had just moved out for college, it was the time after my exams at school, time to be free. At the beginning I thought that my incredible fatigue was just caused by all of this change. But at some point, even small things like riding my bicycle were strenuous, I even fainted multiple times very sudden. At the doctor, it was clear all at once that something wasn’t right, my blood cells were unbelievably low. The diagnosis came quickly, but I couldn’t really grasp what this meant. I thought “It’s not cancer, can’t be that bad.” But I learned quickly. I was pulled out of my life, was in the hospital 2-3 times a week and constantly needed transfusions to even survive until treatment began.
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I got some kind of “mini chemo”, but relapsed after two years. I was desperate: My life had just begun once again very recently. So we started all over – and I needed a #bonemarrowtransplant. I was very lucky because my little brother was my match. But I also had mixed feelings: Happiness about the option but also worries if my brother would manage the surgery well. He did and I’m eternally grateful for his gift. Today, I’m quite well again – I still struggle with fatigue and need to take medicine, but I won’t complain at all. The transplant gave me my normal life back!
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I am well aware that not all patients have the luxury of having a matching sibling. Because of this it’s incredibly important for me to show how easy it is to save someone else’s life. Most people don’t think about it, I didn’t do either until I got diagnosed. But perspective changes when you’re right in the middle, of course. I’m grateful for every single person signing up!” Please register today and let’s fight together to help save even more people.

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After listening to a story on the @kiddnation show, Eryn was inspired to sign up as a potential #bonemarrowdonor 💉 . Last year @berrt.n.errn gave a patient a second chance at life. 
You are awesome Eryn! 💪 
#DKMS #deletebloodcancer #bonemarrowdonors #Fightcancer #donor #donate
We're sending a different type of ❤️ to Landrie. She received a #bonemarrowtransplant today to rid her body of aplastic anemia. 
#DKMS #DeleteBloodCancer #ValentinesDay #fightcancer
Today we celebrate donors like Matene who give blood cancer patients a second chance. Because of her, Marcus is alive today. 
#WorldCancerDay #DKMS #Deletebloodcancer #DKMSUS #Leukemiasurvivor #cancersurvivor