The Brooklyn Nets and DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, have teamed up to delete blood cancer by registering thousands of Nets fans as bone marrow donors at pre-season games at the Barclays Center last week and the October 21 open practice.
At these games, Nets fans had the opportunity to learn more about blood cancer and register as a potential bone marrow donor at specially designated DKMS Delete Blood Cancer booths throughout Barclays Center. Information will also be featured on multimedia media screens and the center court scoreboard, as well as the team’s website. Registering is as simple as filling out a form and having one’s cheek swabbed.
Every year, more than 10,000 patients need lifesaving bone marrow transplants from unrelated donors, but less than half will ever receive one. Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Even though many patients might be saved by a bone marrow transplant, the unfortunate truth is that six out of 10 patients will never receive one.
“DKMS Delete Blood Cancer and The Brooklyn Nets are working together to change this,” said Katharina Harf, chief Inspiration Officer for DKMS Delete Blood Cancer. “We hope to make history by registering thousands of Nets fans as bone marrow donors at stations in the arena and online at GetSwabbed.org.”