Every day, we work with corporations, sports teams, civic organizations and colleges on a local, grassroots level to raise awareness and add more potential lifesavers to the registry. Here is a glimpse of what’s happening around the country to grow the bone marrow donor registry and save lives!
DKMS Launches National Campaign Aimed at Recruiting Millennial Bone Marrow Donors
KMS announced today the launch of its national “Up Your Social Standing” campaign, which will heighten awareness of the urgent need for bone marrow donors – particularly young donors – through social media and public service announcement (PSA) videos created to inspire people to take action.
Aimed at millennials, the PSA video (A Pick-Up Line That Works) was created by using humor and sex appeal strategies to encourage and motivate this target group to find out more about the donation process and to register as a potential donor.
“We are committed to growing the number of registered bone marrow donors to provide hope to every patient searching for a lifesaving match.This is the driving focus behind launching this new campaign,” said Carina Ortel, CEO of Delete Blood Cancer. “Medical research shows that younger donors provide the greatest chance for a successful transplant, which is best for patients. The more awareness and action we can inspire among this group means a greater impact on the lives of those who are depending on us for a chance to fight the odds.”
Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, part of the world’s largest network of bone marrow donor centers, has identified a critical need to register young people as donors, as the high quality of their cells makes for stronger matches.
The multi-pronged campaign was launched on the nonprofit’s social media platforms with the PSAs slated to air nationally in the next two weeks.
Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and every ten minutes, someone dies from one of these diseases. 70% of people suffering from blood-related illnesses must rely on donors outside their families to save their lives. More than 14,000 people each year rely on the national registry and organizations like Delete Blood Cancer DKMS for an unrelated donor.
Swabbing your cheek is all it takes to register as a potential donor.
Katharina Fleischhauer, MD Wins DKMS Mechtild Harf Science Award
Katharina Fleischhauer, MD is the winner of the 2016 DKMS Mechtild Harf Science Award, presented in April at the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation conference in Valencia, Spain.
Dr. Fleischhauer’s extraordinary research on the immunologic mechanisms of action after allogeneic stem cell transplantation has led to advancements in selecting unrelated donors. Other areas of her research have helped enhance post-transplant health outcomes for patients by uncovering important findings regarding the resistance mechanisms developed by leukemia cells against immune control mediated by the donor’s immune cells.
The DKMS Mechtild Harf Science Award program -- funded and administered by DKMS and dedicated to the memory of Mechtild Harf -- provides research grants to promising investigators to advance the understanding of complications and therapeutic strategies in the context of hematopoietic cell transplantation and/or cellular therapies for hematologic malignancies.
Pictured left to right: DKMS Founder Dr. Peter Harf, Chairman DKMS Medical Council Richard Champlin, MD, Award winner Katharina Fleischhauer, MD, and DKMS CEO Dr. Alexander Schmidt.
6 Million Milestone!
Our six millionth registered bone marrow donor is Miriam Mata, an 18-year-old student from Florida. Miriam signed up online in January, 2016 after hearing about DKMS on Spotify.
“You have the opportunity to save someone’s life,” said Miriam. “It could be someone’s daughter, friend, dad, and you could be the difference for them. That’s the best feeling in the world!”
Henry Schein, Inc. working to raise awareness and grow the registry
We are collaborating with Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility arm of Henry Schein, Inc., in a program targeted to dental offices in several states.
The goal is to raise awareness by educating dentists and their patients about the urgent need for more bone marrow donors, and to grow the registry by providing swab kits to register interested patients during their dental checkups.
DKMS Rings Closing Bell at NYSE
At DKMS we ring a bell every time a collection is complete to commemorate a powerful moment -- when an everyday person gives a total stranger a second chance at life.
On Monday, October 26, DKMS had the opportunity to ring a very notable bell -- the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange -- to celebrate our mission.
The closing bell ringing took place on the NYSE Trading Floor at 3:00pm. The bell was rung by young survivor Owen Hogan, who received a transplant -- and a second chance at life -- from a Delete Blood Cancer DKMS donor.
Team Margot Announces the International Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day
Two years ago in October 2013, 14-month-old Margot Martini was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of blood cancer and required a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Family and friends came together as Team Margot to raise awareness for little Margot and others desperately seeking a donor match. Margot’s mixed family background was the key obstacle to finding her a perfect match because HLA characteristics are genetic and differ by ethnicity and region. She eventually found a suitable donor match and received her bone marrow transplant in February 2014. Unfortunately, Margot’s leukemia was extremely aggressive. She relapsed during the following summer and passed away on October 27th, 2014.
Margot’s family is grateful to her selfless donor for his miraculous gift, which gave Margot extra time with her family and loved ones. Team Margot continues to honor Margot’s legacy as a permanent foundation. They campaign for more potential bone marrow donors to join the registry – especially people with a mixed genealogy. The announcement of an International Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day comes on the second anniversary of toddler Margot Martini's blood cancer diagnosis. Please follow the appeal and register as a potential donor to give more patients a second chance at life.
The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) – a global association of blood stem cell, marrow and/or cord blood registries and organisations representing 25 million blood stem cell donors from 52 different countries – announces the celebration of the first World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) on the 19th of September.
The theme of this years’ celebration is “Thank you 25 million donors” and highlights the global cooperation that goes into blood stem cell transplantation. Stem cell and cord blood organisations around the world are organising activities to join the celebration of the 25 million registered donors globally and emphasize the need for more.
“As the largest international stem cell donor center with more than 5 million registered donors, we are joining the WMDD to honour our dedicated donors,.”, says Sandra Bothur, Chief Operation Officer of DKMS. “Being a member of the WMDA enables us to collaborate worldwide to provide blood cancer patients in need of stem cell transplantation with matching donors. Blood cancer doesn’t stop at boundaries and still many patients don’t find their lifesaving match.” Michael Boo, President of the WMDA, also shared his excitement about the first World Marrow Donor Day, saying, “Every day, patients receive a second chance at life thanks to the selfless acts of ordinary people. We are thrilled to celebrate every volunteer marrow donor and potential donor on this day. Each person who gets involved gives patients hope – not just in one country, but around the world.”
All of our donor drives on September 19th will be dedicated to WMDD and therefore to all people supporting the fight against blood cancer and joining us in our vision to delete blood cancer.
Rock the Skyline with Love Hope Strength
Love, Hope, Strength, the world’s leading roll and roll cancer foundation, partners with us to add new people to the bone marrow donor registry at concerts and music festivals around the world through their “Get on the List” campaign. To date, LHS has added more than 100,000 potential donors to the registry! Their September 2015 Rock the Skyline “Walk of Hope” event is another way that Love Hope Strength brings people together with music and activities to raise funds, register donors and save lives.
Cincinnati Reds Host Event at Great American Ball Park
To thank the bone marrow donor who gave their season ticket manager, Chris Herrell, a second chance at life, the Cincinnati Reds hosted an event at Great American Ball Park on August 5, 2015. Before the game, Chris’s donor, Jens Wagner from Munich, Germany, came onto the field and threw the ceremonial first pitch, received a personalized jersey from the team and a huge round of applause from the crowd. During the game, the Reds hosted a bone marrow donor registration drive, to add more lifesavers like Jens to the registry. Now that’s team spirit!
Dozens of Drives to Save Lives -- Thanks to PepsiCo
During 2015, PepsiCo’s engaged employee population came together to raise funds and host bone marrow donor registration drives to find a match for 4-year-old Lainey Thomas, who has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for half her young life. Their work has already made an impact by growing the bone marrow registry and educating people about the need for more marrow donors. As of September 2015, PepsiCo has held 36 drives and registered nearly 1,000 people, with more drives scheduled.
Battle of the Badges with American Red Cross
The American Red Cross partnered with us to hold bone marrow donor drives at their annual Battle of the Badges event in July, 2015 and at Red Cross blood drives across Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. Plans for next year’s Battle of the Badges are already underway!