Henry Schein Cares helps raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donors
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, part of the world’s largest network of bone marrow donor centers, has announced a new collaboration with Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein Inc. This collaboration follows a successful project in which multiple state dental associations partnered with Delete Blood Cancer to help grow the national bone marrow donor registry.
The first to join the effort was the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) in 2012, followed by the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) and Georgia Dental Association (GDA) in the next couple years.
The national registration campaign was sparked by a dentist, Dr. Steven Conlon of Michigan.
“Many of our dental patients are young, healthy people with whom we share trusting relationships and who are unaware of the urgent need for bone marrow donors,” Conlon said. “We have the opportunity as health care providers to help educate our patients and address this need by encouraging them to register.”
On average, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. This does not include the number of people affected by blood diseases, such as severe forms of anemia, which call for similar treatment methods. Nearly 70 percent of patients requiring a transplant will need one from an unrelated donor and less than half of patients looking for a donor match will find one. Delete Blood Cancer is dedicated to beating these odds, alongside our dental partners, one swab at a time.
“As a global provider of health care products and services, we know the importance of having a strong network that provides exactly what is needed by an individual customer exactly when it is needed. This is what Delete Blood Cancer is doing by linking potential donors and recipients, facilitating exactly the right match for each transplant,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein. “Henry Schein is very pleased to help support Delete Blood Cancer in building this important network as we work together to raise awareness about blood cancer and the need to increase the number of potential bone marrow donors.”
Henry Schein Cares will support Delete Blood Cancer with in-kind marketing, communications and social media services on an annual basis to champion the cause among the dental offices that Henry Schein serves, encouraging dentists to get involved. Delete Blood Cancer will send promotional materials and swab kits to participating dental offices to help dentists and staff educate patients about the importance of registering as a potential donor and the donation process. Interested patients will then have an opportunity to complete a registration form and swab the inside of their mouths at the dentist offices to register. Each office will send back all collected registration forms and swabs for testing, with postage paid by Delete Blood Cancer.
To learn more about this partnership and get involved, please visit DeleteBloodCancer.org/Dental.
(Source: Delete Blood Cancer)