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

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
 

Donating was a “no brainer” for me

Joining the bone marrow donor pool and donating her blood stem cells was a decision that Corie Dugas never regretted. She registered to be a bone marrow donor at a college drive and waited 10 years to be someone’s matching donor. She shares her story to help let others know just what the process is like to encourage others to sign up.

October 12

The Sweetest 16

Lauren Peyton and her bone marrow donor Frank Vooren celebrated the 16th anniversary of Lauren’s transplant in a Sweet 16 for the ages! Joined by 150 of her closest friends and family at The Staten restaurant in Staten Island, NY...

September 17

Zelaya and Pierre: United for the first time

For most kids, the early years are ones of constant exploration and discovery. For Zelaya Guevara though, discovery meant potential danger. Battling leukemia since the age of two, Zelaya had spent much of her life confined within the white walls of a hospital...

August 14
 

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!

July 08

Binh Meets Gracie in a Field of Dreams

Among the crowd of thousands who watched the US Women’s National Soccer Team defeat South Africa, 3-0, at Levi Stadium on May 12 were two genetic twins who were about to meet for the first time.

May 20
 

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