A call to action. A cry for help. An opportunity for you to realize your power to give strength to someone affected by a blood cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma). Get involved. Make someone stronger.
N.Y. Knicks’ professional basketball player, Tyson Chandler, scored one for the fight against blood cancer at the Lips for Life Collection launch in October by getting his cheek swabbed and registering with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center. Proceeds up to 15% from the event helped to support DKMS’ efforts to register new bone marrow donors like Chandler, and help save the lives of patients with blood cancers.
“There are thousands of men, women and children who are bravely fighting blood cancer and need our help,” said Chandler. “It only takes a cheek swab to register as a donor with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, like I was proud to do tonight.”
“Blood cancers will only be deleted through teamwork,” said Katharina Harf, who co-founded DKMS in the U.S. in 2004 in memory of her mother who died from blood cancer. “And I am so honored to be joined tonight by Tyson and Kimberly Chandler, Jessica White, and Bally Creative Directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler. I want to thank each of them for making the Lips for Life collection an enormous success. Patients like Shira Klein, who you met tonight, are fighting blood cancer and desperately need matches. This young mother of three inspires us to take action. That is what this event is all about.”
In the United States, blood cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths and kills more children than any other disease. Even though many patients might be saved by a bone marrow transplant, 6 out of 10 patients will never receive one. DKMS has made it its goal to turn the tide, and save more lives.
Katarina Harf’s dedication and the progress DKMS has made #makemestronger.