DKMS in the Press

Press Releases - 2020

DKMS Extends International Footprint with South African Partnership

May 28th, 2020


The Sunflower Fund partnered by DKMS will begin operations in South Africa today, May 28, 2020. DKMS decided to announce the partnership on May 28th in honor of World Blood Cancer Day, a global awareness day to stand in solidarity with blood cancer patients around the world.

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DKMS Donates 12,000 Buccal Swabs to Memorial Sloan Ketteringfor COVID-19 Testing

April 24th, 2020


DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow and blood stem cell donor center,has joined the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19), providing 12,000 sterile buccal swabs to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) to be used to test and diagnose the deadly virus.

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Press Releases - 2019

DKMS Announces Partnership with Love Your Melon

March 20th, 2019


International nonprofit DKMS announced it’s partnership with the apparel brand Love Your Melon, in an effort to raise crucial funds and reach young audiences to educate them about joining the bone marrow registry.

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A Bride Meets the Girl Whose Life She Saved

October 16th, 2019

New York Times

All weddings hold special meaning for the newlyweds. But for Sarah Aiken, her wedding meant finally meeting Kinley Strohl, a 14-year-old cancer survivor whose life she saved by donating her bone marrow seven years earlier.

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Press Releases - 2018

Sarah Hendricks, SUSD School Psychologist, Fighting Leukemia Partners with DKMS to Host Bone Marrow Registration Drive

January 24th, 2018

Caravan News

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Bone Marrow Donor Says a Small Decision Can Make a Big Impact

January 9th, 2018

Fox 4 News

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Bedford Elementary School Employee Hopes to Continue Success with Second Bone Marrow Donor Drive

January 26th, 2018

Press & Guide

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Gilbert: Cancer Patient Paying it Forward

January 27th, 2018

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Great Bay Community Hosts DKMS Bone Marrow Drive

February 24th, 2018

The Patch

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Students Swab Cheeks to Save Lives of Blood Cancer Patients

February 15th, 2018

Daily Texan Online

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Newmarket High to Help Alumnus Fighting Leukemia

February 14th, 2018

Sea Coast Online

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GBCC Students and Staff Register Bone Marrow Donors for One of Their Own

February 26th, 2018

New Hampshire Union Leader

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Men Connected Through Life-Caving Donation Meet at Treefort

March 25th, 2018


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How a Young Cancer Survivor Inspired His Community to Show Up

March, 2018

USA Today

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IPD Hosting Bone Marrow Drive to Find Lifesaving Donor for Local Teacher

March 13th, 2018

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Delco Business Hosting Bone Marrow Registration Drive

March 9th, 2018

The Patch

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PRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa and Nursing Program Collects Marrow

April 6th, 2018

Picayune Item

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Four Brother’s with Fatal Disease Fight for Their Lives: ‘We Might Not Live Past Our 30s’

April 3rd, 2018


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Press Hits - 2019

Bone marrow donor plans registries at LBCC

January 11th, 2019

Alex Paul, Albany Democrat-Herald

2014 West Albany High School graduate Allie Spangler, 22, registered as a bone marrow donor as soon as she turned 18. In November, she became a donor for a young boy who lives in Brazil.

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Tears flow when stem cell donor, recipient meet at Houston mall

January 26th, 2019

L.M. Sixel, Chron

Robin Kuntz was standing behind a table at Memorial City Mall Saturday morning trying to encourage shoppers to join a stem cell and bone marrow international donor registry when she looked up and saw a man she'd never before met but immediately recognized from photographs as the person who saved her...

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January 26th, 2019


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Breakfast with a Blackhawk: Sheldon Brookbank

February 18th, 2019

Mary Sandberg Boyle, WGN Radio

Sheldon Brookbank joins the Steve Cochran Show for Breakfast with a Blackhawk. He said that they can’t afford to loose any games at this stage of the season. In addition to talking hockey, Sheldon talks about a fight close to his heart. His buddy is fighting for his life and he needs our help. Sheldon is doing to help raise awareness about blood cancer and disorders.

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Mercy Hospital nurse saves the life of a patient she never met

February 27th, 2019

Russell Kinsaul, KMOV4

Mollie Ring is a pediatric oncology nurse at Mercy Children’s Hospital. She likes building relationships with the young patients who come to the Cardinal Kids.

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Eminent Physician Stephen J. Forman of City of Hope Bestowed with Two Prestigious Honors in the Field of Bone Marrow Transplantation

February 28th, 2019

City of Hope, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the renowned leader of City of Hope’s Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute and the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, will receive the 2019 DKMS Mechtild Harf Science Award...

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Southern California Indian American Woman Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Seeking Stem Cell Transplant

March 4th, 2019


An Indian American woman who recently was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia is hoping for the public’s help as she seeks a cure for the life-threatening disease.

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Students Seek Out Bone Marrow Donors To Help Fellow Classmate

March 12th, 2019

Shannon Litton,

A new college program is tryng to bring awareness about bone marrow donation as they try to find one of their peers a match.

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Classmates helping Dallas cancer patient find a stem cell donor

March 15th, 2019

Friends, family and strangers are trying to help a Dallas college student battling cancer.

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Help this newborn diagnosed with leukemia find a stem cell match

April 6th, 2019

KHOU (Houston)

A Houston mother is begging for help, trying to find a stem cell match for her 6-month-old son, who was diagnosed with leukemia three months ago.

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Donor drives held for 5-month-old infant in urgent need of stem cell transplant

April 10th, 2019

WTSP Online (Tampa)

A five-month-old boy desperately needs a stem cell transplant; so, friends of his family are hosting donor drives around the country, including several in Georgia, hoping to find a perfect match.

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Donor drives for infant in urgent need of stem cell transplant happening across metro Atlanta

April 10th, 2019

WXIA Online (Atlanta)

A five-month-old boy desperately needs a stem cell transplant; so, friends of his family are hosting donor drives around the country, including several in Georgia, hoping to find a perfect match.

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Little Rock woman hoping for bone marrow donor

April 25th, 2019

Stephanie Bennett, KATV

Tonya Courtney-Nichols is a teacher at Wakefield Elementary School, a girl scout troop leader, and a grandmother. But she hasn't been able to be all those things because she is battling leukemia. She is in search of a bone marrow donor and is using her diagnosis to spread awareness of the need for donors...

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11-year-old bone marrow recipient meets donor for the first time

May 2nd, 2019


It’s a special night for a young bone marrow recipient who is meeting his donor for the first time.
Carson Lenington-Stewart and family attended the 2019 DKMS Gala in Manhattan.

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Seal Performs at DKMS Gala in New York

May 7th, 2019

Look to the Stars

Hosted by Tom Brokaw, the event honored blood cancer survivor Bob Cusimano, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The evening featured an unbelievable performance by Seal. The highlight of the evening came when blood cancer survivor, 11-year-old Carson Lenington and his family met Carson’s donor Luke Beckett for the first time on-stage.

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Bone marrow donor meets man whose life he helped save

July 11th, 2019

ABC7 New York

A man named Steven came face-to-face with the man whose life he helped save with a bone marrow transplant on Wednesday.
Steven said he views being a bone marrow donor as a life-saving privilege. He registered in 2011 during a donor drive in his office, but didn't get the call that he was a match until 2017.

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Girl who beat rare bone marrow disorder is now fighting cancer while she continues to save lives

July 11th, 2019

ABC News

A brave girl who beat a rare bone marrow disorder is now facing bone cancer.
Hallie Beatrice Barnard, known to loved ones as Hallie Bea, hasn't lost her sparkle as she continues fighting for her life. She loves crafting, unicorns, sequins and the musical pop artist, P!nk.

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Girl Who Used Make-A-Wish To Help Hurricane Maria Victims Meets German Bone Marrow Donor

August 7th, 2019

CBS Local, Los Angeles

She looked cautious at first, hesitantly returning a wave at the strange man in a black hooded shirt sitting across from her as she sat with her friends – then she gasped as she recognized him as the perfect German stranger who saved her life.

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Camarillo Girl Meets German Man who Donated Bone Marrow to Save Her Life

August 7th, 2019

CBS Local, Los Angeles

Nine-year-old Zelaya was a match with 26-year-old Pierre from Germany through the registry DKMS. DeMarco Morgan reports.

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Tomball woman meets donor who saved her life

August 31st, 2019

Click2Houston, Houston

One Tomball woman got the chance to meet the man who saved her life. Ashleigh Halfacer was 32 years old when she was diagnosed with MDS, a rare form of leukemia typically only found in patients over the age of 60. On Saturday, the special moment took place at Burroughs Park in Tomball.

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Young Leukemia Survivor Meetings Lifesaving Marrow Donor

September 6th, 2019

Hector Gonzalez, Simi Valley Acorn

You could say the bond between 9-year-old Zelaya Guevara of Ventura and 26-yearold Pierre Berndt of Germany extends beyond friendship. You could even say it goes to the bone...

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Michigan Man Meets German Bone Marrow Donor Who Saved His Life

September 18th, 2019

ClickOnDetroit, Detroit

Two people who have never met before share an incredible bond through a bone marrow donation. Eva Frentzen, who is from Germany, saved the life of Mark Jones, from White Lake, Michigan, with a lifesaving transplant.

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Young Indian-Pakistani American Girl in Texas in Need of Lifesaving Bone Marrow Donor

October 15th, 2019

India-West, San Leandro

A 2-year-old Indian-Pakistani American girl in Texas is in need of a lifesaving bone marrow donor and her family has partnered with nonprofit DKMS to find a match.

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A Bride Meets the Girl Whose Life She Saved

October 16th, 2019

Alix Strauss, New York Times

Sarah Aiken and Kinley Strohl, a young girl who needed Ms. Aiken’s bone marrow, had never met in person. A wedding quickly became an even bigger celebration of new beginnings.

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Alexandria Bride Shares Wedding Day with Girl Whose Life She Saved

October 24th, 2019

Elizabeth Moscoso, The Zebra

Wedding days are always special, but for Alexandria resident Sarah Aiken, tying the knot was exceptionally touching because of one particular guest. In 2012, Aiken donated bone marrow to a stranger. The stranger happened to be little six-year-old Kinley Strohl from Delaware, OH, who had been battling blood cancer and needed a transplant to survive.

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Press Hits - 2018

Son organizes bone marrow drive for ailing father

April 11th, 2018

News12 Connecticut

A Sacred Heart University graduate student is leading a bone marrow drive in an effort to find a lifesaving donor for his father.

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Get Well Wednesday: Why African-Americans Need Bone Marrow Donors

April 28th, 2018


Too many African-Americans languish on bone marrow donor lists because there are fewer African-American donors. For 8-year-old Darian Smith, that deficiency is a life or death issue. Darian is on…

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Fresno man meets bone marrow donor who saved his life

May 4th, 2018


Three months before his 21st birthday, Marcus Cato was diagnosed with acutemyeloid leukemia (AML), a blood cancer that is common among young people. The Fresno native needed a bone marrow transplant to give him his best shot at a second chance at life.

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Hicksville Bone Marrow Drive Looks To Save Life Of 9-Month-Old

May 4th, 2018

Patch Network

The drive, held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is for baby Elias, who suffers from a rare disease called NEMO.

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This Fresno State student had cancer and was near death. A stranger saved his life

May 10th, 2018

The Fresno Bee

Cancer survivor Marcus Cato met Matene Cates, who saved his life with a bone marrow transplant, at a DKMS gala in New York City. The Fresno State student and Clovis North High School graduate was diagnosed with leukemia. More minority donors are needed.

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Charleston teen is 'One Millionth Registered Donor' for World Blood Cancer Day

May 31th, 2018

DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor center, is celebrating World Blood Cancer Day with a major milestone: To date there are one million registered bone marrow donors in the United States.

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Ropes & Gray partner makes plea for potential bone marrow donors to come forward to help daughter

June 6th, 2018

Yahoo Finance

A Ropes & Gray antitrust partner whose five-year-old daughter is battling an aggressive form of leukaemia is campaigning to find matching bone marrow donors to help save her life. Ropes City partner Ruchit Patel’s daughter Kaiya's best chance of survival is an immediate bone marrow transplant. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when her family noticed bruising on her legs. Patel is now campaigning with his family for more people to come forward and register with DKMS, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting blood cancer and helping patients find matching donors.

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The Effort to Help Save Greek-American Baby Elias Continues - The National Herald

June 9th, 2018

The National Herald

The Effort to Help Save Greek-American Baby Elias Continues By TNH Staff June 9, 2018 Greek-American baby Elias. (Photo courtesy of Argirokastritis family) MACOMB, MI – The effort to help find a matching bone marrow donor continues for baby Elias Argirokastritis who is suffering from an extremely ...

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Garland mom hopes to spread awareness about Sickle Cell Disease

June 19th, 2018

The CW33

GARLAND-- June 19th is not only Juneteenth, but also World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. If you're wondering what Sickle Cell Disease looks like, just take a look a Darian Smith from Garland. "I'm eight-years-old. I like to play video games for fun," Darian said. Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blo...

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When a Young Nala Fell Ill, The Lion King Family Mobilized to Try and Save Her Life | Playbill

June 27th, 2018


How Chondra Profit Ardrey and the company of the Disney production came to support the national bone marrow registry—and continue the work in Shannon Tavarez’s memory.

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WATCH: Prime Minister asks for donors to come forward after hearing Layla's story

July 2nd, 2018

The Reading Chronicle

THERESA May has recorded a personal message to urge potential lifesavers to come forward after hearing about a young girl with aggressive brain…

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MLB Trivia via DKMS - Win 2018 World Series Tickets on FNTSY Radio - RotoExperts

July 9th, 2018


Call in to win World Series Tickets on FNTSY Radio this week and support a great cause!

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Family of six-year-old Marley makes desperate bone marrow donor appeal

August 15th, 2018

ITV News

The family of a six-year-old boy from Newport have launched a desperate search for a donor who could save his life. Marley Nicholls was diagnosed with a rare blood condition earlier this summer.

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Baby Elias Still Searching for Lifesaving Bone Marrow Donor, and You Could Be His Cure! - Hellenic News of America

August 17th, 2018

Hellenic News of America

The search continues to find a lifesaving bone marrow donor for Elias Argirokastritis, a one-year-old of Greek descent. Shortly after he was born, Elias became the 22nd person worldwide to be diagnosed with NEMO, a rare blood disorder. This complex disease affects Elias’ skin and immune system,...

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Olympian appeals for marrow donors at Austin College

September 11th, 2018


Austin College senior Benjamin Sloan has been personally affected by what a medical procedure can do after his father was diagnosed with leukemia. "He received a bone marrow transplant, which I was really thankful for, because it prolonged his life by at least six months," Sloan said.

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Indian American Father Struggling with Leukemia Seeks Bone Marrow Donor in Last Hope for Life

September 28th, 2018

Blood drives have been set up nationwide for Girish Chainani, a native of Mumbai, via DKMS, an international non-profit organization which aims to find bone marrow donors for people with blood cancer, and local community organizations.

An Indian American father, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year, is actively seeking a bone marrow donor as he cycles in and out of hospital stays.

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Community Hopes to Save Boy by Joining Bone Marrow Registry

October 14th, 2018


An effort is on to find someone who can save the life of an 8-year-old from University Park. It was all in hopes that someone will be a bone marrow match for Bennett Williams, with the help of DKMS, the...

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Emily Jillette talks bone marrow registry

October 25th, 2018

KSNV NBC Las Vegas

Emily Jillette, the wife of magician Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame, joined the bone marrow registry in 2014 while attending the Life is Four years later she received a call from DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow center, to be the potentially lifesaving donor for a patient in need.

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NYC Marathon Runner Meets Man Whose Life She Saved

November 8th, 2018

CBS New York

People run the New York City Marathon for different reasons. Perhaps the most noble of them all is to save lives.

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La. Tech hosts bone marrow drive

November 8th, 2018

KNOE 8 News

Louisiana Tech is looking for bone marrow matches to that could save lives. They're helping students test their DNA to find out if they could be potential bone marrow or stem cell donors.

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Everett man meets the Georgia woman he saved a decade before

November 12th, 2018

Jeff Collins wants to dispel the myth that bone marrow transplants are always an invasive process.

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