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International Bone Marrow Donor Center Celebrates 50,000 Transplants Provided.

[[para]]DKMS Delete Blood Cancer Thanks Bone Marrow Donors Around the World in Celebrating this Significant Milestone[[/para]]

NEW YORK, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- International bone marrow donor center DKMS Delete Blood Cancer announces a magnanimous milestone reached this month. The organization has officially provided 50,000 bone marrow/stem cell transplants globally. This significant accomplishment translates into 50,000 potentially life-saving donations and chances for patients to beat their diagnoses. The DKMS Delete Blood Cancer family is eager to celebrate this news and continue performing life-saving work around the globe.

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"We've provided 50,000 transplants to patients around the world thanks to selfless DKMS Delete Blood Cancer donors. They prove each and every day that when people join forces for a good cause, they can create an impact that reaches beyond national borders and vested interests. We extend our thanks to them and to all our supporters," says Carina Ortel, DKMS Delete Blood Cancer CEO. She continues, "We also want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the physicians and transplant centers who have shown their trust in us. Equally important is the support of financial donors, all of whom have contributed in great measure to our success.

"Every year, more than 917,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with a blood cancer, meaning that every 35 seconds someone receives the devastating diagnosis. In the U.S. alone, this figure is a staggering 150,000 diagnoses each year, not including the many other blood and bone marrow disorders that can be effectively treated with a bone marrow transplant. The DKMS family, currently the largest globally active bone marrow donor center, serves patients from 52 countries and today accounts for over 38 percent of mediated bone marrow/stem cell donations worldwide (source: WMDA, December 2014). Every day, at least 18 people donate stem cells or bone marrow through DKMS Delete Blood Cancer for the benefit of a patient in need and the number is still growing.

In order to supply patients as quickly as possible, the DKMS family is undertaking great efforts to become even faster and more efficient at finding the right matches. The most important criterion here is high-quality tissue typing of registered donors, an arena where DKMS Delete Blood Cancer takes the lead. All new donors are classified according to twelve very specific transplant-relevant HLA types along with other meaningful parameters. This advanced level of tissue typing enormously accelerates the search for a patient's match in the donor database.

"We have already achieved a great deal, but there are still many challenges ahead. Our goal is to increasingly save patients who are at risk of dying without a transplant. Motivating and registering as many potential donors as possible across borders is essential," says Ortel.

About DKMS Delete Blood Cancer

DKMS Delete Blood Cancer is part of the world's largest network of donor centers. Our mission is to build the number of suitable bone marrow and stem cell donors, because we believe that no life should be lost due to an inability to find a donor match. We have registered more than 5.3 million potential donors and facilitated more than 50,000 transplants around the world. But we're not stopping there. We lead the fight against blood cancer by working with families, communities and organizations to recruit donors and provide more patients with second chances at life. For more information or to register as a bone marrow donor, please visit

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