Blood Cancer Survivors & Patient Stories

Every one of our patients and donors has an incredible story to share. Stories of courage and challenge that get at the human heart of what donating blood stem cells or marrow really means for a patient, for their family and for the communities that support them. Here is where you’ll find stories about our patients and donors as well as news on our efforts to connect them with lifesaving results.

Our Stories

I register people to donate bone marrow

I am a Donor Recruitment Coordinator for DKMS, a non-profit and the largest bone marrow donor center in the world. We work to find and facilitate transplant matches for patients with blood cancers and blood diseases.

February 06

I became a bone marrow donor, and I never thought I would

Some days just stand out in your brain, and the memories are crystal clear. For me, it was a crisp spring day in 2010 when I was wrapping up my sophomore year at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was setting fate in motion.

February 06

What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about DKMS in 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered because he analyzed and boldly confronted the status quo, and he did so with a strong sense of dignity. Because of his voice, our system of law more equally acknowledges the rights of all citizens. American society has experienced progress but not achieved perfection, and to truly honor Dr. King’s life work is to continually question the shortcomings of how we collectively live, recognizing that our findings might require us to act with courage

January 22

Heavy Metal Star Michael Derks Talks About His Hardest Fight

We caught up with Michael Derks to discuss the fight for survival after he received the shocking diagnosis of myelofibrosis. After a life saving blood stem cell transplantation Derks is back to full health. One of his biggest priorities right now is supporting the global fight against blood cancer.

January 08

How to Swab

The first step to joining nearly 10 million amazing people as a DKMS registered donor is to swab your cheeks. It’s incredibly easy and it takes just a few minutes. So, we thought some gifs would be helpful to take you step-by-step through the process. And gifs make everything more fun!

December 19

End of Year Giving at DKMS: Engaging Heart, Mind, and Body

The end of the year is an ideal time to harness public generosity. The season is conducive to reflection on what makes life meaningful, and financial charity is a tangible way to address the needs of others out of gratitude for what we have...

November 27

Special bonds formed at the 2019 DKMS awards breakfast

Excitement filled the air as hundreds gathered at the Royal Oaks Country Club for one mission, to support those fighting deadly blood cancers. To date over 100,000 Texans are registered with DKMS as potential bone marrow donors, committing to the fight against blood cancer.

November 26

6 Things Every Donor Should Have the Day of Blood Stem Cell Donation

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. It’s also the procedure that is called for in 75 percent of the donations. These same blood-forming cells found in bone marrow are also found in the circulating (peripheral) blood.

The whole procedure takes about 4-8 hours on one or sometimes two consecutive days.

Here are six things you will need for the day of your donation.

November 08

Running Strong for Those Who Can't

This weekend I will travel from Arkansas to New York for the New York City Marathon, the biggest marathon in the world. I'm excited to participate but even more excited to be running for an important cause.

My name is Colin Hall and with the help of my friends at DKMS I'm running this year to raise money to help put an end to blood cancer.

October 31

Running for Ayelet

My name is Seth Galena. On Sunday I'll be running in the New York City Marathon. And I won't be running alone. Sure I will have my friends from DKMS at my side as we all raise awareness and funds to delete blood cancer, but I'll also have the memory of my infant daughter Ayelet guiding me along the way.

October 31


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