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May 28 is World Blood Cancer Day

May 19, 2014

New York—Delete Blood Cancer DKMS will mark the debut of World Blood Cancer Day on May 28. The aim of the observance is to have an international day of awareness and action against blood cancers and blood disorders for more than 14,000 U.S. patients annually seeking a matching donor outside their family.

Delete Blood Cancer DKMS was founded in the U.S. in 2004 and is the U.S. arm of DKMS, the German bone marrow donor center. A family whose search for a donor inspired 68,000 people to register in just one year started DKMS. Today, Delete Blood Cancer and DKMS make up the world's largest bone marrow donor center with branches around the globe that have registered more than 4 million donors and provided more than 40,000 patients with life-saving transplants.

In the U.S., Delete Blood Cancer has registered more than 500,000 potential donors and facilitated just over 1,500 life-saving transplants.

The inaugural World Blood Cancer Day will include a donor registration drive in New York City, art competitions, social media efforts all focused on elevating information and dispelling misconceptions about what everyone can do to delete blood cancer.

Visit deletebloodcancer.org/worldbloodcancerday for more details.