14 September 2015
17th September 2015
The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), a global association of blood stem cell, marrow and/or cord blood registries or organisations representing 25 million blood stem cell donors from 52 different countries, announces the celebration of the first World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) on the 19th of September.
The theme of this year's celebration is ‘Thank you 25 million donors’ and highlights the global co-operation in blood stem cell donation. Worldwide, blood stem cell and cord blood organisations are organising activities to join the celebration and to emphasize that 25 million donors are still not enough.
“As the largest international stem cell donor centre with more than 5 million registered donors we are joining the WMDD to honour our dedicated donors.”, says Sandra Bothur, Chief Operation Officer of DKMS. “Being a member of the WMDA enables us to collaborate worldwide to provide blood cancer patients in need of stem cell transplantation with matching donors. Blood cancer doesn’t stop at boundaries and still many patients don’t find their lifesaving match.” Michael Boo, President of the WMDA, also shared his excitement about the first World Marrow Donor Day, “Every day, patients receive a second chance at life thanks to the selfless acts of ordinary people. We are thrilled to celebrate every volunteer marrow donor and potential donor on this day. Each person who gets involved gives patients hope – not just in one country, but around the world.”
All of our donor recruitment events on the 19th of September will be dedicated to the WMDD and therefore to all people supporting the fight against blood cancer and joining us in our vision to delete blood cancer.