This Week On FM Magazine: Delete Blood Cancer DKMS
Deb Gordon’s guest was Katharina Harf, who co-founded Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, along with her father, after her mother died from leukemia in 1991. Ms. Harf shared her story about the family’s search for a bone marrow donor match when her mother’s siblings proved to be incompatible. In truth, only 25 percent of patients find matches among family members, which is why it is necessary to have a large registry of donors available.
Ms. Harf provided data about blood cancer, which is the 2nd leading cause of cancer in the United States and kills more children than any other cancer. Ms. Harf also discussed the bone marrow registration and donation process. The organization registered 3000 people during their first bone marrow drive for Ms. Harf’s mother, and has grown to become the largest bone marrow donor center in the world, registering more than 3.5 million potential donors. Delete Blood Cancer DKMS has also facilitated over 35,000 transplants. Delete Blood Cancer DKMS encourages each New Yorker to register to become a bone marrow donor and help save lives.
Ms. Harf spotlighted the Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Gala on May 1, which will honor designer Vera Wang and actress Leighton Meester for their long time support of the organization and the cause, and feature entertainment by Lady Antebellum. One of the highlights of the event is when a donor meets the person whose life he or she saved. One hundred percent of all proceeds from the Gala, will go towards the effort of registering bone marrow donors. For more information or to register as a bone marrow donor, visit www.deletebloodcancer.org.
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