World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) is celebrated globally on the third Saturday of September. A unique day to thank all donors, who have signed up to donate marrow or blood stem cells for patients in need of a transplant. WMDD also gives the opportunity to patients to explain the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on their lives.
Worldwide more than 30 million volunteers have signed up to be a donor. Annually, ten thousands of patients receive blood stem cells from a healthy individual somewhere in the world. Unfortunately, not each patient can find his potential match. Therefore, more volunteer donors are needed to sign up as a potential hero.
World Marrow Donor Day is initiated in 2015. Worldwide events are organised to thank donors. Events are organised by donor centres, registries, transplant centres, patient initiatives, volunteers and other supporters around the globe. “Like no other medical treatment, blood stem cell transplantation depends on altruism and cooperation on a global level. Every donor enrolled anywhere in the world is another spark of hope - not only to all patients worldwide but also to their families and friends facing a deadly threat.” - Carlheinz Mueller, President of the WMDA
Since the first bone marrow transplant performed in the 1950s, over a million patients have received a transplant of blood stem cells for the treatment of a wide variety of blood cancers and other diseases of the blood and bone marrow.
This year, WMDD will be celebrated around the world on 16th of September and you can be part of it. We would like to invite you all to join the celebration, WMDD is open to everyone; patients, donors, their family and friends, transplant centers, donor and crod blood organisations, researchers, health professionals and health authorities.
Please be inspired by the initiatives in honor of WMDD and find more information on how you can participate on http://www.worldmarrowdonorday.org
.Recent meeting in India between a 10 year old girl with thalassamia (and her family) and the 23 year old donor.