Swab to Save Lives

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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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 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 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.

Each of us has the ability to save a life; that is the power of blood.

The choice to register and donate to someone in need; that is the power of love.

Every 27 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with a blood cancer - regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. For children, leukemia is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer, and second most common cause of death among all cancer types, tragically cutting their lives short. For many patients, the only hope for a cure and a second chance at life is a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant.

The need for more donors is universal and it’s never been more critical to grow the global donor pool and diversify the registry. Each person has a unique ability to save a life by stepping up to register - that is the Power of Blood, and why we need you more than ever!

Love Your Melon is proud to support DKMS in their mission to diversify the donor pool to save the lives of underrepresented patients all over the world.

PATIENTS WHO NEED YOUR HELP

Fabricé

Precious Fabricé was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia in April at 10 months old. It was a complete shock to his parents and to his sisters. He’s a beloved little brother who loves to cuddle and play with his family. Step up and register as a donor so that Fabricé and other patients like him will have a second chance at a healthy life.

Emma

At 8-years-old Emma was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. She’s been waiting two years to hear the words, ‘ you have a match.” She’s just longing to return to school with friends and playing sports instead of constant hospital visits and tests.

Baby Michael

Right after sweet baby Michael was born in April 2020, his doctors gave his parents the devastating news - Michael is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia and he will need a bone marrow transplant.

"We wish for nothing more than for our baby to be healthy so that we can discover the world together," says Michael's parents. “Unfortunately, we are alone are completely helpless against this disease. We need your help so that we can watch our son grow up.”

Veer

At just 4 years old, Veer is in the fight of his life. He has a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi Anaemia an extremely rare blood disorder which causes his bone marrow to not function properly. Only 31 babies are born with FA in the US each year. FA occurs in just 1 in 160,000 people worldwide. Watch his parents' desperate plea to save their son.

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.

 

Join the cause to add #10For10MillionMore!

You can help to build the national database and provide more second chances to patients around the world.

Other Ways to Help

Registering to be a donor is free, but it costs DKMS $45 to process each registration. A monetary donation helps DKMS add even more lifesaving donors.

Spread the Word!

Let your world know that you’re stepping up to be a lifesaver by sharing on social media.

Inspire friends and family to join the fight against blood cancer with a virtual drive.