Over $3.9 million raised at the 9th annual Delete Blood Cancer gala

Photo: Getty Images for Delete Blood Cancer
Photo: Getty Images for Delete Blood Cancer
Photo: Getty Images for Delete Blood Cancer

On April 16, many New York stars gathered to fight for a common cause: eliminating blood cancer. Over the course of event, a staggering amount of over $3.9 million was raised at Delete Blood Cancer’s  9th annual gala. Delete Blood Cancer is known for recruiting donors to give patients another chance of life. Because of their hard work, they have registered more than 5 million potential donors and facilitated over 47,000 lifesaving transplants around the world.

During the gala at Cipriani restaurant, Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Co-Founder Katharina Harf presented Brink M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Division of Hematologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with the Delete Blood Cancer award. He is known for his ground-breaking advancements in bone marrow transplantation. Delete Blood Cancer DKMS patient, Anthony Daniels, was also recognized at the star-studded event. He is in need of a bone marrow donor.

Attendees also witnessed a touching moment when seven-year-old Kaleb Dummer was introduced to his donor, 22-year-old Cole Kennedy. The donation had saved Dummer’s life, but the two are unrelated.

“To see a patient and donor meet for the first time is like witnessing a miracle,” said Co-Founder Katharina Harf in a press release. “At the same time, we have to do more for people like 23-year-old Anthony, who has relapsed four times, and his only chance is a bone marrow transplant.”

The event was emceed by Randy Jackson, a famous record producer and television personality. Singer Kesha also attended and performed.

-by Connie Lee