Francesca Barone Schmitthammer is laughing. It is hard imagining this bubbly American woman in sad moments. Moments in which she frowned. No comparison to today, today she beams with happiness. Her sight catches those of the two men standing next to her – her husband Fred and the 34-year-old truck driver from Castrop-Rauxel: Pierre Kückelmann who saved Fred’s live seven years ago by donating stem cells. Now they met at the Stefan-Morsch-Foundation, Germany’s first donor registry – a meeting that shall also encourage others, that shall give hope. Flashback to 2010: The Schmitthammers live in the USA. Fred is a…
What Is A Marrow Donor?
A marrow or blood stem cell donor is a volunteer adult person who is willing to donate cells for blood stem cell or marrow transplantation. Some donate to a family member, others donate to a patient somewhere in the world and who is not a family member.
Why World Marrow Donor Day?
To thank all donors worldwide; Unrelated donors, family donors, cord blood donors, donors who already have donated, and donors who are on the global registry waiting to donate. To raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about being a stem cell donor and the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on patients’ live.