ABOUT WMDD

WMDD is celebrated all over the world every 3rd Saturday of September to thank and celebrate voluntary stem cell donors, that have signed up selflessly to be a donor for any patient in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant.

In 2024 it falls on September 21st. The event will be celebrated in more than 50 countries on all continents reaching hundreds of thousands of people through social as well as conventional media coverage.

WHO IS BEHIND WORLD MARROW DONOR DAY?

World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) is an initiative of the World Marrow Donor Association, the largest organisation dedicated to donor care and providing information for the facilitation of a search process. Our members are organising events all over the world to thank all blood stem cell donors worldwide. It is also a day to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about the importance of registering as a stem cell donor and the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on a patients’ life.

WE BELIEVE…

…that all patients deserve a chance to receive a stem cell transplant. Over 8% of the global searches result in zero matches in our global database of over 41 million donors. Our target is to reduce this number. You can help by sharing your experience as a stem cell donor or recipient or by signing up as a potential lifesaver.

ORIGINS OF WMDD

World Marrow Donor Day was born in September 2014. Click on the button below to see our memories of earlier editions.

Memories of previous WMDD’s

JOIN THIS DAY

WMDD targets primarily the general public, but also seeks to raise awareness among policymakers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in blood stem cell donation and blood stem cell transplantation.

This website includes information about WMDD and international donor/recipient stories.

All forms of participation for WMDD, big or small, are encouraged. Be creative and let your heart speak. Take pictures with your team or donors and post them on social media or websites. WMDD would not be possible without the continuous efforts of organisations around the world, building awareness locally in order to achieve a potential donor for each patient.

WMDD 2023

On 16 September 2023, WMDD was held for the 9th time. Watch, like and share all the festive social media activity that took place by checking the #WMDD23 and #globaldonordrive on social media.

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Nurse and bone marrow recipient (South Africa)

Nonhlanhla “Noni” Mtshali is a nurse from Florida, Johannesburg. For several years, Noni received multiple blood transfusions, gastroscopies, and colonoscopies in an attempt to identify an undiagnosed blood disorder. For women, a normal hemoglobin level, which measures red blood cell count, is between 12.0 and 15.5. Noni’s average was 4. But her doctors couldn’t figure […]

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