Burcu and Cliff's inspiring story

Burcu recently showed the world that being a bone marrow donor doesn't stop you from achieving your goals. She recently competed the NYC Marathon to raise awareness and funds for DKMS. Who was waiting for her at the finish-line? The man whose life she saved, Cliff. They met for the first time in an emotional meeting between the two families.

Burcu and Cliff share a special bond. One that very few can say they have. Their genetic make-up made them a perfect match when Cliff needed a bone marrow transplant to survive his battle with leukemia in 2013. Now Burcu and Cliff are sharing their inspiring story with the world.

Be like Burcu, be a bone marrow donor.

Lifesaving starts here!

Registering for the chance to save a life is exciting, but before you begin, please be sure you haven’t registered before with another donor center. Also, we ask that all registered donors be willing to donate to any patient. Lastly, please scroll down to review the two ways to donate.

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As a registered bone marrow donor, you will be on standby to save a life.

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You are eligible to register!

As a potential stem cell donor you give hope to many patients around the world.

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If you live outside the United States please contact a donor center in the country where you live.

 

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Members of the military can register with The C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program.

 

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You must be between the ages of 18 and 55.

 

But there are still many other ways to help!

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You have to be healthy in order to be eligible.

 

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You must weigh more than 105 lbs. and have a body mass index of 40 or below.

 

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Are you in overall good health?

We want to make sure that helping a patient won’t impact your health. Please review the following list of criteria. If you are not sure about a requirement, feel free to call us at 866.340.3567.

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER IF YOU ARE:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 55
  • In good general health
  • At least 4’10” and weigh more than 105 pounds, but not exceed a maximum BMI of 40.

YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER IF YOU HAVE:

  • HIV
  • History of heart surgery or heart disease
  • Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia
  • Sleep apnea, breathing problems or severe asthma (daily inhalers are acceptable)
  • Diabetes requiring insulin or injectable medication
  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • History of stroke, including TIA
  • Chronic or severe neck, spine or back problems
  • Epilepsy or other seizure within one year
  • History of blood clotting or bleeding disorders
  • History of head injury or multiple concussions
  • Personal history of cancer (exceptions: Stage 0 or in situ melanoma, breast, bladder, cervical and cured localized skin cancer such as basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma)

If you have questions about whether your medical history would prevent you from donating, please contact donorrelations@dkms.org or 212.209.6700.

You could be someone's lifesaver!

She Became a Bone Marrow Donor and Saved a Life!
She Became a Bone Marrow Donor and Saved a Life!


Approximately 70% of all patients in need of bone marrow transplants must find a matching donor outside of their family. Watch this video to learn how Madison dedicated her time to save a strangers life.

“What It Means To Be On The Registry ”