No Better Time to Get Involved and Register as a Lifesaver
NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blood cancer is the second leading cause
of all cancer deaths in the United States. To lend greater awareness to a
solution to this issue, Delete Blood Cancer DKMS proudly announces that November
is Bone Marrow Awareness Month. Blood cancer refers to cancers that affect the
blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes. Notably this will be cancer such as
leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma. Many patients diagnosed with one of these
diseases will need a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, and in the U.S., this
number accounts for approximately 7,500 people searching the registry at any
given time. With only 30 percent of patients able to find a donor within their
families, 70 percent of patients will require a transplant from an unrelated
Delete Blood Cancer's mission is to save lives by recruiting more registered
donors to serve as potential lifesavers to patients in need. The largest bone
marrow donor center in the world, Delete Blood Cancer's database contains more
than 3.7 million registered donors, all listed in the national donor registry
kept by the National Marrow Donor Program(R) (NMDP). More than 37,000 DKMS
donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow or stem cells.
Katharina Harf, co-founder of Delete Blood Cancer, began supporting the cause
early when her mother was diagnosed with an acute form of blood cancer and could
not find a donor match. This experience sparked a desire in Katharina to help
build the registry of potential donors in the United States. "I have to believe
that this dream to provide every person in need of a donor match with one will
come true, because otherwise, why dream?"
In honor of this extraordinary month of awareness, Delete Blood Cancer is
calling on people to register as a potential lifesaver to help give one of the
150,000 Americans diagnosed with a blood cancer each year another chance. "There
are many misconceptions regarding bone marrow donation but the reality is there
is a viable solution to help people; through the act of donation a meaningful
contribution and life saving act is achieved," says Katharina.
How to Join:
Any race, gender, or ethnic group between the ages 18 to 55 can join, as long as
they are in good health and have not been treated for serious medical conditions
previously. This is a major commitment and if selected you have the chance to
serve as a lifesaver for someone that desperately needs it.
Visit www.DeleteBloodCancer.org and register online; we'll mail a swab kit for
tissue typing to your home, which then gets mailed back to us. We identify your
tissue type and this information is then placed into the national registry to
serve as a potential match for a patient.
If Selected as a Match:
If you're determined a match for a patient, you will be called by Delete Blood
Cancer for more detailed blood work. If these results show that you are a strong
match for the patient, Delete Blood Cancer, in coordination with a bone marrow
transplant center will make arrangements for your donation. This can be done in
two ways, which is determined by the patient's doctor:
Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC): after taking a medication for five days that
boosts the number of stem cells in the marrow the stem cells are collected by a
process called apheresis. A sterile needle is placed in a vein in each arm; the
blood is then slowly removed, through the apheresis machine where the stem cells
are collected, then your blood is returned to your body through the second
needle in the other arm.
Bone marrow: after anesthesia, the liquid bone marrow is drawn out of the
backside of the pelvic bone. No pain is experienced during the marrow extraction
and your bone marrow quickly will regenerate within a few weeks.
Other Ways to Help:
If you are unable to become a donor, you can still help patients:
-- Provide a financial contribution to Delete Blood Cancer to continue our
mission to register new donors at:
-- Organize your own local donor drive and spread the word in your
About Delete Blood Cancer
Delete Blood Cancer DKMS started with one family's search for a bone marrow
donor and is today part of the world's largest bone marrow donor center. We have
helped register more than 3.7 million potential donors and facilitated over
37,000 life-saving transplants around the world. But we're not stopping there.
Every day we lead the fight against blood cancer by working with families,
communities and organizations to recruit more donors and provide more patients
with second chances at life.
For more information or to register as a bone marrow donor, please visit
SOURCE Delete Blood Cancer DKMS