We celebrate World Blood Cancer Day every year on 28 May to mark the founding of DKMS in Germany. This year, we are marking 33 years since our foundation in 1990.
During this time, we have registered more than 11.5 million blood stem cell donors worldwide, including over 950,000 potential donors in the UK.
But there is still much more to do…
Currently, four out of ten UK patients looking for an unrelated blood stem cell donor will not find their lifesaving match. We won’t stop until every patient who needs a blood stem cell donor can find one.
Help us spread the word and save more lives this World Blood Cancer Day.
Raise awareness about DKMS on social media by getting involved in our “#MakeItRed” challenge in the lead-up to World Blood Cancer Day 2023.
From Monday 22 May to Sunday 28 May 2023, turn both ordinary or unexpected items red for DKMS in any way you like.
Get creative...bake a batch of red cupcakes, wear a red jumper, cover an object around your home in red paint...whatever you choose to do is up to you!
Turn your item red then share a photo or video of you on social media “Making It Red”, using the #MakeItRed hashtag. In your post, nominate a family member, friend or colleague to do the same.
Download our World Blood Cancer Day 2023 zip file of free digital resources and information to help you get involved in #MakeItRed and World Blood Cancer Day this year.
Watch this space for updates to our resources as we progress through May.
You can also help by making a financial gift.
It costs DKMS £40 to send and process every swab kit. If you’re able to help cover this cost by donating whatever you can afford, it will help us to continue our vital work.
However you choose to get involved, you will be making a huge difference to people living with blood cancer and blood disorders.