With powerful voices and passionate minds, young people are set to lead the charge against blood cancer. They’re the most in-demand donors and hold the keys to getting their peers on board.
The minimum age to register and donate is 18, but there’s plenty of work to be done before then. Whether you’re a mission-driven teen, educator, or parent, we’re here to help you start a movement wherever you are.
START A CLUB
Take the lead in creating a club that focuses on raising awareness, fundraising, and registering new donors. We can help you get the ball rolling right away.
SPREAD THE WORD
Put up posters in your classroom or office that grab students’ attention and kickstart conversations. Get in touch to request materials and discuss how to use them.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Encourage your teen’s work with DKMS, which could prove to be a character- and resume-building experience. We can advise you on how to best support them.
“I feel amazing to have started a club at my school. It turned out to be so much more impactful than just a community service opportunity; it has changed my life and perspective on these conditions. I am so proud that young people can have so much impact on the community; we have raised money and registered donors so that those suffering from these cancers and diseases can find their match. I will always raise awareness for this cause, and it will always have a special place in my heart.” - Maddie, high school student volunteer
“While a lot of kids are too young to be donors, they can be involved in other ways such as participating in advocacy events and building awareness… Most of us don't get a chance to save someone’s life! What an amazing gift, one that would stay with my children for a lifetime.” - Kathleen, mother of high school student volunteers
“We are all called in someway to give of what we have. For some it is money, others it is time, and the rest are called to simply give of yourself. That is what donating your bone marrow should be. You are giving someone else a chance to continue their life. It could be a child, your family, a total stranger, whoever it may be. You can make a difference in this world by one simple act.” - Austin, high school bone marrow donor