By Heather Hinton — mom, cancer fighter.

For many people, 2020 has been a year of adjustment. But for Heather Hinton, COVID has created more complications as she waits for a bone marrow donor.

I picked up the phone and right away, I knew something was wrong.

In nine days I had an appointment with my doctor to review some test results; I had such low energy lately. Quarantine dragged everyone’s energy levels down but this felt different. After a spinal infection back in January, I had a follow-up visit with my doctor in September where I’d assumed she would…


By Natali Stanley

Natali Stanley is a two-time bone marrow donor and lives in Illinois. She’s a proud wife and mom to two wonderful children.

I stared at the certified letter in my hands, a mix of nervousness and excitement flowing through me. After years of waiting, after forgetting I was even on the donor list for bone marrow transplants, here was a letter telling me I had the opportunity to save a life. I was not going to throw that opportunity away.

My name is Natali Stanley and I am a bone marrow donor. I have done it twice…


By Alexis St. John

Alexis St. John is a bone marrow donor living in South Dakota. She’s a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. She loves to travel and live life to the fullest.

Life is for living. It’s for having new experiences, meeting new people, and exploring new places. It’s not something I take for granted. So when I found out I had the opportunity to give someone a new lease on life, I said yes right away.

My name is Alexis St. John and I am a bone marrow donor.

For a long time I didn’t even…


By Heather Lynn — Director of Global Special Events for DKMS

In my role at DKMS, I am used to selling the idea of our organization at fundraisers and charity events. But nothing could prepare me for what I learned about myself when I became a stem cell donor.

Up until I became a stem cell donor last summer, this was me in my DKMS element as the Director of Global Special Events.

“Are you sitting down?”

The call came in the middle of the pandemic lockdown in the Northeast. I was staying with my best friend and her daughter at their home in New Jersey rather than cramp myself in my midtown Manhattan apartment. Pandemic — a moment in time when everyone felt as disconnected from one another as possible.

It was my colleague on the other line…


By Dean

Dean is a registered Nurse in a Neonatal ICU. When he’s not donating and saving lives, you can find him playing Tennis, exploring new coffee shops, and traveling the world.

It was my freshman year at Saint Louis University. I came across a bone marrow donor drive hosted by Camp Kaseem on campus. I thought this could be a way to help others and give someone a second chance at life. I wanted to do that, if I could be so fortunate. I swabbed and went on my way.


Ellice — DKMS bone marrow donor who resides in the United Kingdom.

I first heard about blood stem cell donation in 2018 when a friend of mine had a family member who was diagnosed with blood cancer. At the time, there wasn’t a match on the national bone marrow donor pool, so the family started doing swab drives. They were desperately trying to find a match and I happily went signed up. …


INTERVIEW: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alexander Schmidt explains why recruiting new potential donors is not the only thing that matters.

DKMS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alexander Schmidt

Q: Why does a stem cell (bone marrow) donor center invest in science and research?

Nowadays, we are far more than just a donor center. It is not enough to recruit as many potential stem cell (bone marrow) donors as possible. Although the therapy options and chances of being cured have improved dramatically in recent years, too many blood cancer patients still die after their stem cell (bone marrow) transplant, due to graft versus host disease, relapses, or other major…


By Sara

Showing my support in the fight against blood cancer on campus.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

Showing my support in the fight against blood cancer on campus.

As the vice president of a club on campus called Camp Courage Crew, I understand first hand how important it is for cancer patients to find a matching donor. My club’s mission is to help raise funds for nonprofits that support children who have been affected by cancer. While not all bone marrow transplant recipients have cancer, some do, and the thought of being part of this fight against cancer is very inspiring for me. …


By Dean S

It was my freshman year at Saint Louis University. I came across a bone marrow donor drive hosted by Camp Kaseem on campus. I thought this could be a way to help others and give someone a second chance at life. I wanted to do that, if I could be so fortunate. I swabbed and went on my way.


Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. It’s also the procedure that is called for in 75 percent of the donations. These same blood-forming cells found in bone marrow are also found in the circulating (peripheral) blood.

The whole procedure takes about 4–8 hours on one or sometimes two consecutive days.

Here are six things you will need for the day of your donation.

6. A COMPANION OR GUEST

Noah’s wife accompanied him on his donation.

Choosing your plus one or guest is key. This should be someone you are really comfortable with who can support you during donation. …

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