Six years ago on January 21, 2012, Earl Young was given a second chance at life by a bone marrow donor – Christine Waag, a complete stranger who lives on the other side of the world in Offenburg, Germany. Only a few months earlier, Earl had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, an aggressive type of blood cancer.

Because Christine had swabbed her cheek and registered with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, which is the oldest and largest organization focused on increasing awareness and registering bone marrow donors, a match was made in time to save Earl’s life!  

 


 

You too could save a life! 

 
Register today to become a donor, or find out how you can organize a drive at your school, church or company.

 

 

A patient meets his donor at Abilene Christian University during chapel service.

DUSTIN SANTONI, bone marrow recipient

LANDA DOWDY, bone marrow donor and

2017 ACU graduate – registered on campus during a bone marrow drive sponsored by Earl Young’s Team EARL YOUNG, Earl Young Team’s founder

 

 

Bone Marrow Drives on College Campuses Saving Lives!

 

Every year, around 14,000 patients in the US will need a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant from a perfect stranger. Only 4 out of 10 will find a matching donor.

Earl Young’s Team has been working to help build awareness by visiting universities and churches, and organizing drives across the country. This work has helped to register more than 10,000 new potential donors and has led to 17 lifesaving matches.

6,500 of these registered donors and 14 of these matches were found through drives held on 23 campuses which are a part of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).

Please! With your assistance, we can help even more patients find their match.

 


 

You can help change the odds by hosting a bone marrow donor drive on campus this year. Be a part of this life saving legacy!

Visit Earl Young at the DKMS booth at the CCCU International Forum, January 31 – February 2, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

Or email oncampus@dkms.org to start organizing a drive today. 

 

EARL YOUNG, Olympic gold medalist, bone marrow recipient and founder of Earl Young’s Team, and SHIRLEY HOOGSTRA, CCCU President

 

 

Read the message Sean Bolin posted on social media after he was identified as a Match and approved as a Donor for a Blood Cancer Patient.


 

Instagram post by Sean Bolin on September 19, 2017

“Something spectacular is happening.

It all started my second senior year at Oklahoma Christian University when at chapel I heard Earl Young deliver an URGENT message.  Representing Earl Young’s Team and his partner DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, it was a call to save lives, and more specifically their mission was, and is today, one to delete blood cancer. It all begins with a swab of a cheek, which gives them a sample of your tissue to categorize you based off of your white blood cell characteristics, called HLA. From there that information is registered in an extensive database hundreds of thousands strong. Once an individual is in need of a bone marrow donation, they normally have a 25% chance of matching up with their siblings. The other 75% of the time is where the #dkms database comes in. With this database continually growing, so do the chances of putting together perfect matches.

Because of all of that, on April 6th I was matched!

The process has taken many months and a few blood tests to make it where we are now. As of this week, I have completed the necessary physical exam to verify my ability to donate. The only thing left on my part is the donation itself, which will be a 5-hour process of apheresis to give up my peripheral blood stem cells in a few weeks from now.

To those who have actually read this far, I ask you the following: Please pray for my travels, please pray for this process, and above all pray for the individual who will be receiving the donation. I can only imagine what it must be like to go through what they are going through.

If you are able, please register to become a donor as well, and together We Can Delete Blood Cancer.”

 

Earl Young spoke to students at Oklahoma Christian College in August, kicking off the 2017-18 school year by encouraging students to join the bone marrow registry to help save lives.

For the full story, please read the article linked below which was featured in The Oklahoman on August 24th.



 

 
Dear Teammate,

I’m excited to tell you that as we begin a new year, Earl Young’s Team has registered 8,500 donors and we’ve had 11 transplant matches!

Those successes come from speaking and holding drives at various colleges, universities and churches. Our goal at every engagement is to increase awareness of the need for donors and to register donors with the hope that there will be a match – and ultimately a life will be saved.

The most recent success and match is Chris Kirklin. Chris is registered as a student at Abilene Christian University. Beginning with a simple swab of his cheek, Chris was found to be a match for a 37-year-old man with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

 


Please make plans to visit us at one of our upcoming speaking engagements or bone marrow drives during the next few weeks. You will learn more about our mission and the Bone Marrow Registry, and you can become a potential donor through a quick painless swab of the inside of your mouth.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the following events:

  • The Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene on January 29th
  • The Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Conference on February 10th
  • Denton Bible Church on February 19th
  • LaTourneau University  on February 6th
  • Dallas Baptist University  on February 13th
  • We are especially proud to announce that we have been chosen as Keynote Speaker at the 63,000 member National Student Nurses Association Conference in April.