October 23, 2008

A Mother’s Plea — Register As a Bone Marrow Donor and Help Save David’s Life!

David is a vibrant, 16-year-old junior at Whitnall High School and in need of a bone marrow transplant. On June 24th of this year, David went to donate blood for the first time with his dad Gene. David wanted to save someone's life, but he could not since his blood counts were too low. Sadly, after further medical testing, David was diagnosed with MDS (Mylodysplastic Syndrome), a bone marrow cancer. Right now David's only option for treatment is a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Just how he wanted to help someone out of the kindness of his heart, he needs you now.

"A donor match has not yet been found so we NEED you come to the Pettit National Ice Center and help my son David," said Mary Ochowicz-Sczesny, David's mother. If you meet the eligibility criteria, a quick swab of the mouth will get you on the national bone marrow registry. "You'll have a warm feeling in your heart knowing that you might be saving someone else's life that day. Maybe even David's," pleads Mary.

Today, a stranger like you can save him or someone like him. Tomorrow, a stranger might help save you or someone you love. "Every year, more than 10,000 Americans get life-threatening diseases that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor, yet only 3,500 find a match," states Katharina Harf, EVP of DKMS Americas. Help us change this!

 Join Us! Saturday, November 1, 2008      Pettit National Ice Center 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM              500 S. 84th Street                                 Milwaukee, WI 53214 

DKMS, the largest marrow donor center in the world, is teaming up with the Ochowicz-Sczesny family and friends to organize this donor drive!

In addition, eligible individuals can donate blood with the American Red Cross and become one of "David's Donors." All presenting donors can also enter a raffle for prizes and enjoy special food. Sponsor of the event includes: The Dan Jansen Foundation which supports charities, with an emphasis on the fight against leukemia.

Marrow Donor Registration Process

 Registration is a simple two step process and only takes minutes.   1.  Complete a registration form   2.  Swab your cheeks 

As a non-profit organization, DKMS relies on the generosity of individuals to help finance the cost to tissue type each individual marrow donor who registers. Each registration costs DKMS $65. To allow for the planned donor drive, we need your financial support! While monetary donations are not mandatory, we do invite individuals to make a contribution. Every dollar counts! 100% of your donation will be used to register marrow donors and add them on the National Registry.

For more information about DKMS, to learn about eligibility criteria or to understand your commitment as a marrow donor, please contact DKMS toll-free at 1.866.340.DKMS (3567), send us an e-mail at [email protected] or visit www.dkmsamericas.org

About DKMS

DKMS was founded by Peter Harf, Chairman of the Board of Coty Inc., the world's largest fragrance company, and his daughters Katharina and Victoria, who lost their wife and mother to leukemia in 1991. Today, DKMS is the world's largest marrow donor center with over 1.7 million registered marrow donors. Since its founding, DKMS has facilitated more than 14,000 transplants.

The mission of DKMS is to give every blood cancer patient a second chance at life by recruiting marrow donors from every race and ethnicity. We inspire hope and healing by matching our donors with patients around the world in need of a marrow transplant.

DKMS Americas is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

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