Power of Blood

DKMS, the global leader in providing blood stem cell transplants, is launching a campaign called the #PowerofBlood… because the highest expression of love is selflessly donating stem cells to a stranger. Everyone deserves an equal chance at life, but Black Americans are underrepresented on the national registry. Thus, Black patients suffering from blood cancer and other blood disorders don’t have an equal chance at finding a matching donor for a lifesaving transplant.

To quote Vice Chairman of the DKMS Global Board Katharina Harf, “Black Americans have a slim chance of finding a matching stem cell donor because they only make up 7% of the registry. Heritage matters. A patient’s best chance of finding a donor for a transplant is from someone of similar ancestry. Together, we can save the lives of more Black patients.”

At the 2018 DKMS US Gala, a blood cancer survivor named Marcus met his donor Matene for the very first time onstage. Please click here to view a video of their powerful story. We stand at the ready to learn more about the needs of Black people and to help create lasting change both in America and around the world.

Join the movement! Help save Emma and patients like her who are searching for their match.

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Become a potential blood stem cell donor now!

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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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 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.

Patients Who Need Your Help

Emma

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Darian

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Cory

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Donors Who Made a Difference

Tamara

Tamara registered as a bone marrow donor in 2010 and in when she got the call to donate to a sick child in 2014, she “jumped to the call right away. You’re saving a life. You’re literally saving a life while you’re still alive.” She knows the odds for Black patients searching for their match and she says: “Instead of talking about change and waiting around for help, we can make a real difference.”

Corey Sulley

When Corey tells the story of how and why he became a donor, he says: “7 percent is unacceptable.” What he means is the underrepresentation of Black people on the registry and the impact it has on the ability for Black patients who are searching for a lifesaving match to find it. He’s passionate to raise awareness and help more people register as donors.

Matene

At a donor drive on campus, Matene swabbed her cheeks with an uncertain future ahead of her. She wasn’t feeling her calling. But, little did she know, that Marcus was out there, and he would be fighting leukemia at just 20 years old and needing her. “It’s such a small price to pay for such a big return - to save somebody’s life,” Matene said. She donated without hesitation, and Marcus and Matene share an a bond that can never be broken.

Other Ways to Help

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