Every 5 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies from blood cancer. Ten minutes of your time, might save a life.
Our mission is to save lives by registering people in the bone marrow registry so they can donate their bone marrow and save a life. Every day over 6,000 men, women and children desperately search the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the National Marrow Donor Program [NMDP]) for a life-saving bone marrow donor. Currently only 4 out of 10 patients are able to find a matching donor who can save their life.
Become A Hero Today!
More than 22,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow. DKMS is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world with nearly 2.5 million registered donors. DKMS works to expand bone marrow donor registries by recruiting bone marrow donors from every race and ethnicity, in order to provide leukemia and other blood cancer patients in need of a bone marrow transplant with the best available donor match. However, there are still thousands of patients who cannot find their donor match. Therefore, we need your help. Please consider taking the first step toward saving the life of a patient in need and become a bone marrow donor today.
Did You Know?
- The ideal bone marrow donor is between the ages of 25 to 40 and male. However, potential bone marrow donors can be between the ages of 18 to 60, male or female.
- Each day about 3,000 patients worldwide with leukemia, aplastic anemia or other fatal blood diseases are searching for a life-saving bone marrow match.
- Any one person has a 1 in 20,000 chance of matching a stranger.
- Currently, there is an urgent need for minority donors including African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native. Of the 3.5 million registered donors, Asian/Pacific Islander make up 12.2 percent; African American, 8.3 percent; Native American, 3.8 percent; Hispanic, 2.6 percent; and multiracial, 2.5 percent.
Join for Joe
In August, 2010 a bone marrow drive, called Join for Joe, was held at Loyola Blakefield to benefit Joe Gorman. Joe is rising 9th grader at Loyola Blakefield. He suffers from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and he relapsed over the summer.. The goal of this effort was to find a match for Joe or one for one of the thousand patients in need of a transplant. We are thrilled to announce that through the kindness of a stranger Joe has a match. Joe can now receive his transplant and take his first step to making a full recovery.
Join for Joe is continuing with its mission of placing new donors on the national bone marrow registry. Join for Joe is planning on running a drive at Loyola Blakefield to register High School seniors, from Loyola and other local schools. Join for Joe has teamed up with There Goes My Hero to support their efforts and continue to plan future drives.