May 28: DKMS World Blood Cancer Day

Make your mark!

What is World Blood Cancer Day

DKMS World Blood Cancer Day is a global awareness day dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. Created by DKMS in 2014, the awareness day is held annually on May 28 and is open to donors, patients, friends, families, companies, organizations and anyone ready to support. The call to action is ‘Make your mark’ and the official symbol is the red &, which shows solidarity with those affected by blood cancer.

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What is blood cancer

Every 35 seconds, someone somewhere in the world is diagnosed with blood cancer. Blood cancer refers to defects in the blood-forming system, which means the blood can no longer perform its tasks. There are three main groups of blood cancer (leukemia, multiple myeloma and malignant lymphoma), each of which has many sub-types. Blood cancer therefore refers to various diseases of the blood-forming system.

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How to get involved

There are many ways to make your mark for DKMS World Blood Cancer Day, from showing your support on social media, to getting creative with the & sign, organizing an event or raising awareness in your community. Our goal is to spread the message far and wide – simply click the button below for further inspiration and to get started.

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Our call to action

Everyone counts in the fight against blood cancer. However, men are currently underrepresented in the DKMS database – despite being most frequently requested as potential blood stem cell donors. This year, we are therefore asking everyone – men and women – between the age of 18 and 55 and in general good health to register as a potential lifesaver. Make your mark and help us give everyone in need of a stem cell donation a second chance at life.