Come out and register with DKMS
Harold "Maurice" Broadwater, age 42, is a loving husband and father of two, and is battling Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Maurice's only chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant, but there are currently no matches for him on the donor registry. This is a tragic reality many African American and other minority patients face because these groups are underrepresented on the registry.
Since tissue characteristics are inherited, a patient will likely find a compatible donor within their own ethnic
Of the 7 million donors registered in the United States, only 8% identify as black or African American. 83% of
African American patients will not get the transplant that they need largely because there are not enough
African American bone marrow donors registered. Maurice's family and friends have chosen to do something
about the dearth of donors, and are organizing a bone marrow donor drive with DKMS, the world's largest
bone marrow donor center. Over 20 volunteers, led by Maurice's mother, Paulette Dunlap, have been working
tirelessly to make this donor drive happen in Syracuse.
According to Paulette, "Any type of Leukemia devastates the whole family. More African American donors are needed. There are minorities out there in great need of a bone marrow transplant and can't find a donor. That cheek swab from someone could save a life. Come out on Nov. 14 and consider giving the greatest gift of all: A second chance at life."
We need you! Every day thousands of patients search the national registry in hope for a bone marrow donor
match. Only 3 out of 10 patients are lucky enough to receive a transplant. "I lost my mother to leukemia when I
was 14," said Katharina Harf, Co-founder, DKMS Americas, "and I have made it my mission to recruit more