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What's DKMS? The story begins in Germany, 1990, when a man named Peter Harf was in desperate need to find a bone marrow donor for his wife who had leukemia. So he gathered friends, family and volunteers together to initiate donor drives, and 68,000 donors were recruited in just 1 year!
DKMS was founded in 1991 by Peter and his wife's doctor. It stands for "Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei" or "German Bone Marrow Donor Center." They built this donor center to help more patients in need and since then, DKMS has become the largest non-profit bone marrow donor center in the world.
Bone marrow transplants save lives, and are only possible when a suitable donor is found. This sounds easy, but it's not. For a transplant to be successful, the tissue characteristics between donor and patient must be almost a 100% match. Less than one third of patients who are in need of a transplant can find a match through a relative. That’s where you come in.
If you are interested in becoming a donor, you can check out this list of donor drives. You get a simple blood test to register as a potential bone marrow donor. If they find that you are a match for someone in need, they'll call you and begin this series of steps.
Rapper DMC was at the Gala as well and summed it up perfectly when he said, "To give an actual piece of your physical self so another can live, that's what it's all about."