28 May is World Blood Cancer Day, a global day of awareness dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. Every 35 seconds, someone around the world is diagnosed with blood cancer. DKMS created World Blood Cancer Day as an independent awareness day in 2014 to show that we are all in this together for our common goal – to provide a matching donor for every blood cancer patient in need of a blood stem cell donation. Our aim is to gain international support – since blood cancer is also borderless.
In order to show solidarity with blood cancer patients worldwide, we encourage you to make your mark against blood cancer and support DKMS in aid of World Blood Cancer Day. There are a number of ways to do this, including spreading the word, making a money donation and sharing a selfie with the red ‘&’ sign (the official symbol of World Blood Cancer Day) on social media, registering as a donor or creating your own event.
Make a money gift
We don't want anyone to die because they cannot find a blood stem cell match. Your gift can give a blood cancer patient hope by helping us find more potential blood stem cell donors. Please give today and share a selfie with the red '&' Card and the hashtags: #wbcd and #DKMS – every pound counts!
Register as a potential blood stem cell donor
Many people around the world are unable to find a matching blood stem cell donor who could help them beat their blood cancer. By registering as a potential blood stem cell donor, one day, you could provide a blood cancer patient with a second chance of life. Join the register today and be on standby to save a life!
Organise an event
Raise awareness and funds by organising an event in your local area for World Blood Cancer Day. Anyone can organise an event, whether you are an individual, group or family and whether the event is at university, work or in your local community. DKMS is here to help you every step of the way.
Spread the word
Last year, the Empire State Building in New York was lit red for World Blood Cancer Day. Does your city have an iconic building which is lit up in honor of certain days or events? Contact them and ask them to light it red for World Blood Cancer Day. Spread the word among your friends, family and colleagues and contact your local newspaper with the story. Remember to share via social media using #wbcd.
Tell your story
Have you, or someone you know, been affected by blood cancer? Write a blog about your experience, post on social media or submit your story to your local newspaper. Blood cancer can affect anyone at anytime – help us raise awareness and get supporters in the fight against blood cancer.
Here's how you can organise your World Blood Cancer Day Event:
Decide on your Event
Although there are many opportunities for support, events typically fall into two categories – donor recruitment events and fundraising events:
Donor recruitment event
Organise a donor recruitment event with DKMS in order to add new potential blood stem cell donors to the registry. Raise awareness of blood cancer, educate people on the importance of becoming a blood stem cell donor, and finally register people to become potential lifesavers. DKMS is with you for every step of the joint donor recruitment event, providing information, materials and onsite support. Afterwards, we can track how many donors were registered.
Fundraising events can be organised by anyone and can come in all shapes and sizes. In order for your event to be a success, it is important to educate your supporters and motivate them to join you in the fight against blood cancer. DKMS can support you with advice, information and materials.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Cake sales
- Breakfast, BBQ or picnic with a small donation
- Sponsored sports events
- Second-hand clothes sales
Please contact us, so we can help to make your event a success. Our dedicated and experienced team members are waiting to support you with advice, information and materials.
We have created a poster dedicated to World Blood Cancer Day, which can be used to promote your event in aid of DKMS.
Add your event to the World Blood Cancer Day world map
Remember to list your event on the official #wbcd world map! You can also browse other events and photos, and share your event via social media. Make your mark for World Blood Cancer Day!
Visit the World Blood Cancer Day website
On the World Blood Cancer Day website, you can find out more about blood cancer, and join the global movement by uploading a photo with the red ‘&’ symbol or details of your event to the World Blood Cancer Day world map. Browse the map to see the international reach of support for World Blood Cancer Day.Go to website