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Donor drive for DKMS

CeramTec supports fight against leukaemia

Plochingen, 2017-06-20

A package full of hope: the completed tissue typing kits
 

To support the valuable work of DKMS, the German Registry for Bone Marrow Donors, CeramTec organised a donor drive in Plochingen on 22 May and in Ebersbach on 23 May 2017, giving employees the opportunity to register as potential donors with the DKMS.

 
Hannelore Fleischer and Sarah Kunz from the workers’ council Plochingen / Ebersbach with a tissue typing kit
 

Someone is diagnosed with leukaemia in Germany every 15 minutes. Many patients are children and adolescents whose only hope for a cure is a stem cell donation. But one in seven patients cannot find a donor, because the match for the around 13,000 relevant tissue markers has to be as high as possible. This number allows countless combinations, meaning that there may be only one suitable donor for a specific patient. This makes it even more important that as many people as possible register to increase the chances of finding a suitable donor.

Fighting leukaemia together

 
Open wide – swab – become a donor!
Tissue typing is this easy.
 

Almost anyone between the ages of 17 and 55 can theoretically become a donor. Exclusion criteria are, for example, a bodyweight below 50 kg, obesity, serious neurological, psychological or chronic illnesses or autoimmune diseases such as diabetes.

The campaign was very well received: more than 55 colleagues followed the call and almost all of them were registered successfully. The test itself is simple and pain-free: two cotton swabs are used to take a sample from the inside of the cheek. These few cells are used to determine the tissue markers referred to as “tissue typing”.

Corporate social responsibility in action

 
More than 50 colleagues from all company divisions have registered.
 

The campaign was initiated and managed by the workers’ council, with support from the employees who provided the mandatory information to the volunteers and handled their registration. CeramTec wanted to support the campaign and paid for the tissue typing.

Would you like to learn more about DKMS? Or become a donor yourself? Visit the official website here.

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