Impact report

World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) is celebrated globally on the third Saturday of September. A unique day to thank all donors, who have signed up to donate blood stem cells for patients in need of a transplant. WMDD also gives the opportunity to patients to explain the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on their lives.

WMDD was celebrated for the fourth time in 2018 on 15th of September. 'Thank you donor’ was the general theme. This report is a brief compilation of the impact of WMDD 2018.

In South Africa a giant African map was made with people creating awareness for WMDD. Thank you Sunflower Fund.


The global celebrations took place on all continents, in 45 countries. Approximately 365 events were organised by over 65 organisations.

In 2018 we saw celebrations for the first time in Peru, Malaysia and Kazachstan.


A beautiful lit up fountain in Italy where events took place on 180 squares throughout the country.


More and more companies are getting involved in the celebration of WMDD.

Companies like Mentormate who are working with WMDA creating awareness; PSI teaming up with the Gift of Life registry for a global swab tour; Time Matters holding a donor drive; and Gencure organising 21 donor drives 2 years in a row.

WMDD celebrations in Hong Kong.


Re-live the extraordinary efforts from around the world to thank all blood stem cell donors and to bring attention to stem cell transplantation.

A beautiful cake by the 'cake boss' himself. Thank you Gift of Life for joining the #WMDDCAKEOFF.


In China, South Africa, USA, Canada, Spain, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands; all over the world people were baking WMDD cakes to send a huge thank you to all blood stem cell donors!

Will you join us next year?

"Do you also have foreign or mixed roots? Then you can save lives all over the world too. There is a shortage of stem cell donors like you." Mixed-race campaign in Belgium.


It is difficult to find a matched donor in general, however for patients with a mixed race heritage or from ethnic minorities it is proven to be even harder.

In 2018 we have seen a growing dedication to focus on creating awareness in these populations to increase the number of mixed race donors in the worldwide register.

In Czech Republic the Minister of Health signed up to be a blood stem cell donor!


WMDD celebrations in Brazil.


Next year will mark the fifth celebration of WMDD. Please join us for this milestone. Keep an eye on our social media for special announcements regarding our first lustrum!

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