Public Service Announcement | DKMS

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You Can Save a Life

Kathleen Hogan describes the most challenging time in her life, searching for a bone marrow match for her son Owen, who was suffering from a life threatening blood disorder. With the help of DKMS, Owen found his hero - a registered bone marrow donor who went on to save his life.

2 year old Owen suffered from aplastic anemia, a life threatening blood disorder, and needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Without a matching bone marrow donor in the family or the registry, the family began hosting a series of bone marrow donor registration drives in their community. Miraculously, within 3 months, DKMS found a matching donor for Owen. Owen received his transplant in 2014 and is now a thriving and healthy 5 year-old. The family’s efforts to find a donor for their son have motivated more than 2,000 people to join the registry, leading to nearly 20 matches for patients in need of a transplant.

Everyday people, anyone on the street or someone you walk by could be a real life hero and save somebody’s life.

You Can Be A Hero.

Anyone Can Be A Real Life Hero

"Kathleen Hogan describes the most challenging time in her life, searching for a bone marrow match for her son Owen, who was suffering from a life threatening blood disorder. With the help of DKMS, Owen found his hero - a registered bone marrow donor who went on to save his life.

2 year old Owen suffered from aplastic anemia, a life threatening blood disorder, and needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Without a matching bone marrow donor in the family or the registry, the family began hosting a series of bone marrow donor registration drives in their community. Miraculously, within 3 months, DKMS found a matching donor for Owen. Owen received his transplant in 2014 and is now a thriving and healthy 5 year-old. The family’s efforts to find a donor for their son have motivated more than 2,000 people to join the registry, leading to nearly 20 matches for patients in need of a transplant.

Everyday people, anyone on the street or someone you walk by could be a real life hero and save somebody’s life.

A Starving Actor Reflects On His Best Gig Ever | #DoTheDrew

"Meet Drew Gallagher, a rising actor in Hollywood shares all the details about his best gig ever - becoming a real life hero and fighting cancer by registering for the National Bone Marrow Registry.

Months later, Drew was notified that he was a match for someone across the world. Being a bone marrow isn't glamorous, but saving a life is the best gig ever.

Heroes wanted, and no experience is needed. All you have to do is swab, we find a match, and you save a life.

Be a hero like Drew and join the fight against blood cancer. Register to be a Bone Marrow Donor "

Kenza's Story | #dkmsdiversity

Kenza is a happy, smiling, bubbly two-year-old toddler living in Frisco, TX with her family. She loves watching Elmo and play time with her mom and dad. When Kenza was just nine months old, she presented cold-like symptoms and had swollen lymph nodes. After a regular check-up, Kenza's family received the devastating news that Kenza had AML (acute myeloid leukemia). AML is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell), red blood cells, or platelets. The only treatment for survival for Kenza would be to receive a bone marrow transplant within the next eight weeks. Finding a bone marrow match during this time span was near impossible due to Kenza's South Asian heritage and the lack of Asian representation in the donor pool.

Over the course of 2 month, DKMS organized over 74 drives worldwide. Kenza's father explained, "When we were in the room focusing on our child... they were helping our friends and our family set up drives throughout the nation." At 13 months, Kenza was in remission and waiting for a transplant which she received from her father who was a half-match and allowed Kenza to undergo a haplo transplant. Thankfully, the transplant was a success and one month after, Kenza was home. Now Kenza can grow up and continue to be a happy, fun loving little girl among her parents and sister Noura. You can help patients like Kenza find a bone marrow donor.

Would You Answer The Call?

DKMS took our mission to the streets. We set up two phone booths in the busiests parts of NYC. The phone rang every 3 minutes symbolizing how oftern someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. What we wanted to know, who will answer the call? To learn more about this activation, visit dkms.org/secondchances.

Would You Answer The Call?

DKMS took our mission to the streets. We set up two phone booths in the busiests parts of NYC. The phone rang every 3 minutes symbolizing how oftern someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. What we wanted to know, who will answer the call? To learn more about this activation, visit dkms.org/secondchances.

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.

We need more lifesavers. Host a drive to help us register potential marrow donors.