About Us

About Us

DKMS is an international nonprofit organization, founded 27 years ago in Germany by Dr. Peter Harf when he lost his wife Mechtild to leukemia. Peter promised her that he would help every blood cancer patient find a matching donor. At that time, there were only 3,000 potential stem cell donors available to provide a transplant in Germany and within one year of founding DKMS, the number of stem cell donors increased to 68,000. Today, DKMS has offices in Germany, the United States (opened 2004), Poland (2009), and the UK (2013) and has registered over 8 million potential donors worldwide. DKMS has over 600 staff members from 20 countries dedicated to helping give every blood cancer patient a second chance at life. DKMS is driven by innovation and invests in our people's ideas in order to be the premier provider of assistance to blood cancer patients throughout the world.

Our Mission

DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders by: creating awareness; recruiting bone marrow donors to provide a second chance at life; raising funds to match donor registration costs; supporting the improvement of therapies through research; and supporting patients from day one of their diagnoses.

Your Gift Helps Us Save Lives

With $45 you can help DKMS register more potential lifesavers. Because we don't want these costs preventing someone from becoming a potential lifesaver, we never require registrants to pay.

Our Executive Team

Meet our dedicated leadership team responsible for steering the growth of our company as we work toward our mission.

Meet Our Team

Lifesaving Careers

We’re a nonprofit that’s setting ambitious goals and always looking for people who can help us achieve them.

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Our Partners & Sponsors

Partnerships and sponsorships play a crucial role in helping us raise awareness about blood cancer and bone marrow donation as well as register more donors who can go on to save more lives.

Other Ways to Help

There are many ways to support our fight against blood cancer.

Register today to take the first step toward giving someone a second chance at life.

100% of every gift you make helps us recruit more potential lifesavers.

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