The first World Blood Cancer Day took place on 28th May. Thousands of people made a mark in the fight against blood cancer in many different and creative ways. Here you can see some of the day's highlights.
Four brothers need help!
The brothers Sean, Patrick, Danny and Timmy Murry from St. Louis, Missouri suffer from an extremely rare blood cancer condition, “Diamond Blackfan Anemia”. The search for a matching donor is most urgent for the oldest brothers Sean (23) and Patrick (19).
A lifelong friendship
Chanelle was just six years old when she contracted blood cancer. Only a bone marrow donation offered any chance of a cure. Chanelle had been a long way away from her home and separated from her family for more than a year.
For his brother - and all the others!
12 year ago, Hidir Diyen’s brother Ümit contracted blood cancer. “At first I couldn’t believe that Ümit was critically ill”, says Diyen remembering how shocked he was at the diagnosis.
As the result of regular blood transfusions, they suffer from an overload of iron in their bodies, which in the long-term can lead to serious organ damage. The two younger brothers Danny (12) and Timmy (10) are still able to be treated with medication. However this will change in puberty at the latest, estimates their doctor. That’s why the DKMS family calls for you to register and especially asks all people with Irish roots for their help! Together we can beat blood cancer.
While her mother Eldre spent her whole time with her daughter at a hospital in Cape Town, her father Hendrik worked in Durban, 1,600 km away, to finance the hospital stay. Then finally the message that promised help arrived – a matching donor had been found, Dietmar Ruland (47), himself a father of daughter.
Five years later, the now 12-year-old girl from Durban and the truck driver from Zülpich could hug each other for the first time. “We are extremely thankful to the DKMS and the South African donor bank that they were able to find Dietmar for Chanelle and therefore save her life,” says Chanelle’s father Hendrik. The two families keep in contact and send letters regularly to this very day. Stem cell donor Dietmar Ruland thinks it is “wonderful” that he was able to help “even although it should be a normal thing to do. Everyone should register as a donor with the DKMS.”
After months of hope and fear, Ümit lost his fight against blood cancer because it wasn’t possible to find a matching donor. Hidir found out that his brother, sadly, was not an isolated case. As a consequence he decided that, together with the DKMS, he would commit himself to helping blood cancer patients. Since them, the family father of two is out and about at registration drives and in clinics to help patients and relatives and in particular to encourage people of Turkish backgrounds to register. In the meantime, Hidir himself was able to give the gift of life to a blood cancer patient from Italy. In 2013 the DKMS awarded him an honorary prize for his commitment in the fight against blood cancer.
Find out more about the disease and how you could perhaps save a life.
Register as a potential donor. Perhaps you will soon be able to save a life.
Every registration costs the DKMS 50 euros. As a non-profit organization we need to finance the registrations with donations of money. Every euro counts.