Each of Us Has the Ability to Save a Life; That Is the Power of Blood.
With Black donors currently only making up 7 percent of the registry, DKMS has launched the “Power of Blood” initiative with an aim to increase awareness of the topic in the Black community and encourage participation in the registry. For Emma Hall, a 10-year-old battling Aplastic Anemia, this initiative is a chance to share her story and change the fortunes of patients like her across the country.
Sitting in her backyard in Olathe, KS, Emma daydreams about going back to school, playing soccer with her friends, and - surprisingly for such a young child - simply not being tired all the time. Diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia (AA) in early 2019, Emma has been forced to give up her usual activities and routines, confronted by the reality that even sitting and reading a book can become an exhausting activity.
With their lives currently a blur of hospital visits and blood transfusions, Emma’s doctors have told her family that the only cure for her disease is to receive a stem cell transplant from a matching donor. Though the search began with great hope, now over a year later Emma is still unable to find the match she needs to have a second chance at life. Could you be the difference?