Please join our fight!

The families and friends of four patients battling life-threatening illnesses are coming together to register donors and raise awareness about bone marrow transplantation in the Muslim community.

DKMS is proud to support an initiative that calls for 100 drives to be set up on May 31st, the night of Laylat al-Qadr, at mosques all over the country.

We know there is a lot of misinformation about bone marrow donation, and we want to help dispel those myths:

  • Bone marrow or blood stem cell donation is not organ donation. Bone marrow, regenerates, so a donor is not giving away a part of themselves.
  • As a donor, you are only called to donate when you are a matched to a patient based on the DNA sample provided during registration. For these patients, many times a bone marrow transplant is the only treatment that will give them a second chance to live.
  • We don’t store bone marrow. We do store the information from the cheek swabs and that is done through a secured donor identification number that conceals donor identity. No third party has any access to your personal identification information such as name, DOB, address etc.
  • DKMS is HIPPA compliant; we do not and cannot sell your personal identity or health information.
  • There are strict medical guidelines put in place to ensure the safety of the donor. A thorough medical history and exam makes sure that it’s safe for you to donate.
  • Financial costs are covered by DKMS. This includes the medical procedures and travel cuts for you and a guest. And if it’s needed, costs after donation.

What does it mean to be on the registry? It means that someone has taken a step forward to help a patient who is suffering from a blood cancer or blood disorder. Once a person has swabbed their cheeks and returned the kit, the swabs are sent to a medical lab where it is tested for HLA typing profile. Because it’s so hard to be a match, there is a 1% chance you will be called.

If you’re fortunate enough to be in that 1%, you would go through a series of health screenings to ensure the donation will not pose any health risks to you or the patient. Once that is confirmed, you would go to a partner transplant center for the donation. DKMS team member will be with you every step of the way guiding you through the process and addressing your concerns.

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Meet Our Patients

Liyna

Liyna is a 29 year old journalist from Los Angeles who is fighting an aggressive leukemia since December 2018. Liyna continues to receive chemotherapy as an outpatient with frequent doctor's appointments throughout the week. While she is showing progress, the chemotherapy will only keep her leukemia at bay for so long as it will eventually begin to lose its effectiveness. Because of that, a blood stem cell transplant remains her best chance of a cure and now, time is of the essence. We haven't found a perfect match for Liyna yet, but there is still a chance for people to join the donor pool and potentially help Liyna or someone else in desperate need of a transplant.

Arham

Arham is 6 months old and was diagnosed with two forms of leukemia when he was just three months old, ALL and AML. Since the diagnosis, Arham has endured complications from chemo therapy including cardiac arrest and has been in and out of ICU. Sadly, he has no matching donors in the database and does not have any siblings. To make matters that much desperate, Arham‘s mother almost died during childbirth which resulted in her being unable to birth any more children in the future. Doctors working on Arham’s case would like to move him to transplant as soon as possible. He is currently being treated at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Arham is of South Asian descent. Both of his parents descend from Pakistan.

Alesha

2 years old , Alesha Kajani, is in need of a bone marrow transplant. She was diagnosed with bone marrow failure at just 12 months old. Alesha does not have siblings and relies on an unrelated donor to give her a second chance at life. Her parents struggled to get pregnant for 8 years. Alesha has undergone many tests, gets poked quite often and receives platelet transfusions at least twice a week. Her white cells and platelets count are critically low, causing her to stay indoors. Before her diagnosis, she was constantly getting sick but always stayed very calm and patient.

Rosmin

Rosmin

Rosmin is 54 years old and from Atlanta, Georgia. She was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which is a considered a cancer that occurs when the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow become abnormal. This leads to low numbers of one or more types of blood cells. A bone marrow transplant is the only cure for this type of cancer. Currently, there is no matching family members. Because of Rosmin’s south asian ethnicity, her chance of finding a lifesaver is even harder. You could be the one to give Rosmin a second chance!

Not able to host a drive? You can request a swab kit and complete the process of joining the national bone marrow registry below.

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.

 

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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.

How Bone Marrow Donations Work

Two Ways to Potentially Save A Life

Evander Holyfield, Jr.

If you are one of the lucky ones that becomes a match for a patient, there are two ways you can donate and help that person get a second chance at life. The patient's doctor will select the method that promises the best outcome for the patient, so we ask that potential donors understand both procedures and be comfortable moving forward with either one.

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation

This is the donation method used in 75% of cases. Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. It takes about 4-8 hours on 1-2 consecutive days.

Bone Marrow Donation

This is the donation method used in about 25% of cases, generally when the patient is a child. It is a 1-2 hour surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, so no pain is experienced during the donation. Marrow cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone using a syringe.

 

During the procedure, your blood is drawn through one arm and passed through a machine that filters out the blood stem cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through your other arm. To increase your blood stem cells prior to donation, you will receive daily injections of a synthetic protein called filgrastim on the 4 days leading up to and on the morning of the procedure. The actual donation can take from 4-8 hours over the course of 1-2 days.

Possible Side Effects & Recovery

While taking filgrastim, you may experience flu-like symptoms such as headaches, bone and muscle aches and fatigue. Most side effects will begin to subside within 48 hours of donating. A majority of donors report a full recovery within 1 week.

We check up with you regularly after donation to make sure you are recovering properly. If you are not, we will arrange any necessary follow-up care.

 

Possible Side Effects & Recovery

You may experience some pain, bruising and stiffness for up to two weeks after donation. Within a week of donating, you should be able to return to work, school and many regular activities. Your marrow will completely replenish itself within 3-6 weeks.

We check up with you regularly after donation to make sure you are recovering properly. If you are not, we will arrange any necessary follow-up care.