EBMT NEWSLETTER | September 2016 | Volume 53 - Issue 4

Important dates

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), a global association of blood stem cell, marrow and/or cord blood registries or organisations representing 28 million blood stem cell donors from 55 different countries, announces the celebration of the second World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) on the 17th of September. Following last year’s successful first ever celebration of the day, WMDA decided to continue thanking donors worldwide on the 3rd Saturday of September annually. The primary purpose is to thank all donors worldwide and highlight the global cooperation in blood stem cell transplantation. Worldwide, blood stem cell and cord blood organisations are organising events to share in the celebration and to emphasize that 28 million donors is still not enough. We are thrilled to celebrate every volunteer marrow, stem cell and cord blood donor and those that hope to become one. Each person who gets involved gives patients hope—not just in one country, but around the world.
We would like to invite all of you to join us and participate in the celebrations. All forms of participation are encouraged, big or small. Be creative and let your heart speak. WMDD is open to everyone; patients, donors, their family and friends, transplant centers, donor and/or cord blood registries/organisations, researchers, health professionals and health authorities.

Please take a look at the website to see how you can participate, what events are being organised, to read about donor and patient stories, to download media materials and get involved on social media or how to contact us: http://www.worldmarrowdonorday.org
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