12 April 2018
On Wednesday 11 April DKMS expanded its dedication to the fight against blood cancer by officially launching in Chile.
The milestone launch took place at the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, in Santiago, next to the Chile’s presidential palace.
It was a great opportunity to raise awareness and provide education on the importance of stem cell transplantation by bringing together people from DKMS and the Chilean medical community.
A Milestone Moment
The audience heard from; Global CEO of the DKMS Group, Henning Wrogemann, the CEO of DKMS Chile, José Mozó and witnessed a magical moment.
For the first time a five-year-old blood cancer patient, Juan Patricio Carreño and his family from Chile, met his lifesaver Tatjana Tröger, from Germany.
The emotional moment captured the global goal of DKMS – to give more people in need of a stem cell donation a second chance at life.
DKMS Chile will take on the joint function of both a registry and donor centre, with the hope of increasing both the size and diversity of the database of potential blood stem cell donors. This means any potential donors registered in Chile will be available for searches in the country and beyond.
Tatjana Töger meets Juan Patricio Carreño’s and his family for the first time.
Achieving our goal
Together we have registered over 8 million potential donors and DKMS donors have given almost 70,000 people in need of a stem cell donation from 54 different countries a second chance at life. With the addition of Chile we hope to get a step closer to fulfilling our mission of finding a matching donor for everyone in need.
Henning Wrogemann, Global CEO DKMS Group: “We are extremely excited to announce our launch as a registry and donor center in Chile. By growing internationally, we can increase both the size and diversity of our database of potential stem cell donors and help blood cancer patients both in Chile and all over the world.
“The global vision of DKMS is to give everyone in need of a stem cell donation a second chance at life. To date, DKMS has registered over 8 million potential lifesavers and every day, we give an average of 20 second chances at life.
“Together with our donor centers in Germany, the US, Poland, the UK and now Chile, we hope to go even further and find a matching donor for everyone in need of a stem cell donation.”
How you can help
Anyone between the ages of 17-55 and in good general health can go on standby to potentially save a life.
If you’re not eligible or you’re already registered, why not check out the other ways to get involved in the fight against blood cancer or help us cover donor registration costs.