World Marrow Donor Day to be Celebrated Worldwide on September 17th

Posted in :: 2022 Volume 3 :: Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), a global association of blood stem cell, marrow, and/or cord blood registries or organizations representing over 40 million blood stem cell donors from 55 different countries (https://statistics.wmda.info/), announces the celebration of the 8th World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) on September 17, 2022. Following the past seven years of successful celebrations of this special day, the world again will come together on the third Saturday of September. The primary purpose is to thank all donors and highlight global cooperation in blood stem cell transplantation.

“The World Marrow Donor Association was established 28 years ago to ensure that donations of stem cells by altruistic volunteers could find their way to the patients who needed them, independent of geography and politics. World Marrow Donor Day is the embodiment of the value, respect and indeed love we in the transplantation community (and particularly the patients suffering from life-threatening diseases and their families) offer to our donors. It is only one day but it reflects what we think year-round in a concentrated way.” – Jeff Szer, Past President of the WMDA.

Background

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. Often, transplantation using healthy cells from a donor or cord blood unit may be the only chance of cure. When there is no suitable donor within the family, an unrelated donor, who could be from a completely different part of the world, may be the best match for the patient. The WMDA’s global network of organizations makes cooperation and a global exchange of information possible. This strong collaboration has helped hundreds of thousands of patients internationally.

FACT plans to participate in this special day to honor the donors that have saved lives around the world. We encourage our accredited organizations to also celebrate World Marrow Donor Day to express their appreciation. See https://worldmarrowdonorday.org/stories/ for patient and donor stories.

About World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA)

Worldwide, over 50,000 patients per year are looking for a matched donor outside their family. About 50% of the patients that find a donor find his or her perfectly matched donor in another country. WMDA works towards a global standardization by establishing an accreditation program for organizations that provide blood stem cells for patients in need of a transplant. The accreditation program ensures the welfare of the donors and high-quality stem cells for patients worldwide.

To learn more about WMDD or WMDA, visit their websites: www.worldmarrowdonorday.org or www.wmda.info.


Celebrate World Marrow Donor Day on September 18, 2021

Posted in :: 2021 Volume 4 :: Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) is a global celebration of donors that takes place on the third Saturday of September, or September 18th in 2021. Donors will be celebrated on all continents of the world through both social and conventional media.

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), which believes that all patients deserve a chance to receive a stem cell transplant, founded WMDD in 2014 to thank blood stem cell donors and to raise awareness about the importance of registering as a potential donor.

How will you celebrate WMDD? Whether a short message or a big event, the WMDA encourages you to be creative and find a way to acknowledge donors on September 18th. Looking for ideas? Enjoy browsing through the 2020 events for inspiration!

A 24-hour livestream on September 18th will share WMDD events for all to see! Submit your event by July 23rd for consideration.

In the meantime, take a moment to read uplifting stories about donors that are posted on the WMDD website. FACT thanks all blood stem cell donors for their lifesaving gifts!


World Marrow Donor Day: “Join the virtual global donor drive: register online, save a life!”

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 7 :: Thursday, September 17th, 2020

World Marrow Donor Day 2020 will be on Saturday, September 19, 2020. More than 50 countries around the world will participate to publicly thank donors, and to reach a large audience to recruit more.

On its fifth anniversary, the theme this year will be to “Join the virtual global donor drive: register online, save a life!” Despite millions of registered donors, 40% of patients are not able to find a matched donor. This is especially true for patients with mixed race or from ethnic minorities.

Please consider expressing your gratitude to donors and posting information on how to become a donor on websites, social media, or newsletters. The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) provides an online tool for potential donors to find active donor registries in their countries and determine eligibility.

Thank you to all the past, current, and registered donors who selflessly chose to become a donor for someone in need.

World Marrow Donor Day webpage

Find a donor registry to join