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Local Student Saves Life Through DKMS Stem Cell Donation

by: Olivia Whitehead - KLBK
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“Eleven years ago my dad was the recipient of a kidney transplant from someone in the community who heard he was in need of a donor. So I knew what is was like to rely on someone outside of your family to give your loved one the gift of life and I wanted to be available to return that favor if it ever came up.”

Each of Us Has the Ability to Save a Life; That Is the Power of Blood.

The choice to register and donate to someone in need; that is the power of love.
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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.

Chicago Mom of 4 Donates Bone Marrow to 7-Year-Old Boy She Doesn't Know. 'You Just Want to Protect Them.'

By ALISON BOWEN
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Months passed and the pandemic began. And then Leone, a lawyer and co-founder of a tech startup, received a call that she was a match for a 7-year-old boy who has Hodgkin lymphoma. She was asked if she was still willing to be a donor.

“I said, absolutely,” she said.

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Why Diversity Is Essential to the National Bone Marrow Donor Pool

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It’s a fact. Minorities have more difficulty finding matching bone marrow or blood stem cell donors because of the lack of participation by minorities to join the donor pool. 

Local Nurse Donates Stem Cells Twice to Help Elderly Man

by Caryn Eisert
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Three years after swabbing her cheek, Gloud received a call from DKMS that was she was a perfect match for a 74-year-old man who was suffering from blood cancer and needed a transplant to survive.

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Camp Kesem Launches National Virtual Donor Drive

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Camp Kesem and DKMS were not going to let the COVID-19 crisis stand in the way of helping patients searching for matching stem cell and bone marrow donors. With 80 in-person donor drives canceled on college campuses across the country, both organizations were determined to continue to register potential lifesavers through DKMS’ online virtual donor drive platform in a national campaign launching this week. 

DKMS Extends International Footprint With South African Partnership

DKMS AND THE SUNFLOWER FUND JOIN FORCES ON WORLD BLOOD CANCER DAY
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NEW YORK, May 28, 2020 /3BL Media/– DKMS is pleased to announce a collaboration with The Sunflower Fund in South Africa to provide patients worldwide with a second chance at life.

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.   

COVID-19 Outbreak Didn't Stop This Lifesaver

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It was late December 2019 and Will was packing his belongings and preparing for the trip from NYC to Texas to visit his parents for Christmas.  In addition to the usual excitement around the holidays, Will was particularly looking forward to this Christmas, as it would be his first since getting engaged to his fiancé earlier that year.  So when he saw a call coming in from an unknown number he ignored it and didn’t think twice, after all, his flight was only in a few hours.  Then he saw an email come in that made everything come to a grinding halt.

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

International Nonprofit Provides 126K+ Swabs Globally to Help Fight Virus
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NEW YORK, April 27, 2020 /3BL Media/ 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.

The buccal swabs were picked up from DKMS US headquarters in Manhattan and delivered to MSK directly.

On the Road As a Stem Cell Courier

Even in times of the COVID-19 crisis, life-saving blood stem cells are brought to patients - by committed people like Maria
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Maria Schmiing is a DKMS employee and has also been a volunteer stem cell courier for about two years. A few days ago, she took a transplant from Germany to the US - a particularly difficult challenge in times of the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, entry to the US is only possible because DKMS, with the support of the US Stem Cell Donor Register: National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP/Be the Match), has obtained a special permit for stem cell couriers to enter the country - so that patients can receive urgently needed transplants.

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