We need to do more against cancer. I had to deal with cancer myself and luckily had good doctors.
The 2017 DKMS Blood Ball, this year with a Black Magic Theme, was held at Spring Place in Tribeca on October 26, 2017.
DKMS Blood Ball is a Halloween-inspired, elite gathering of over 500 upscale professionals from various industries who come together to raise awareness. There were many notable attendees to lend their support including: Model Carmen Carrera, Amanda Stevens and Catherine Curtin, Actors in Orange is the New Black, Veronica Webb, Legal Commentator Nicole Noonan, Michael Maize Actor of Gotham, Morocco Omari, Actor of Empire, Michael Nathanson, Actor of Punisher, Saycon Sengbloh, Actress of Scandal, Designer Yigal Azrouel, Alla Kostromichova, model, Elena Kurnovsa, model, Kamie Crawford, Katie Kokoreva, model. Precioius Lee, model, Nicole Johnson Px 11 On-Air Host, Joi-Marie McKenzie, Entertainment & Lifestyle Writer for ABC News and others.
Much of the proceeds from The Blood Ball serve to fund DKMS’ mission to delete blood cancer once and for all. For those who question what is possible, consider that every 3 minutes in the U.S., someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For many patients, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance for survival. While 30% of patients can find a matching donor in their families, 70%—nearly 14,000 each year—must rely on a benevolent stranger to step up and donate.
Learn more about how bone marrow and stem cell donation can be a life-saving treatment for blood cancer and 70 other serious illnesses of the blood. Then register for your chance to give a patient a second chance at life. The most popular misperception is what it takes to discover if you are indeed a match. Hint: it’s cheeky.
The attendees enjoyed a fine performance by Mikaela Bennett and Phantom of the Opera star Joseph Joubert.
DKMS started with one family’s search for a bone marrow donor. Though DKMS has helped register 7.6 million potential donors and has facilitated 65,000 lifesaving transplants around the world.
The attendees were moved by a surprise donor/patient ceremony where there was a passing of a candle/light between five donors and five patients to symbolize the passing of life.
More about the organization can be found at https://bloodball.org
Image: David Tratner, Agata Mrarastekdubek, Vivian Brady-Jones, Carina Ortel, Stacy Locker, Jaqueline Channing and David Means attend the 2017 DKMS Blood Ball at Spring Place on October 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for DKMS)
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