New campaign encourages people who get tattoos to become bone marrow donors.
As part of an online campaign # DobryWzÃ³r (GoodDesign), the DKMS Bone Marrow Foundation has partnered with tattoo artists across Poland to raise awareness that even though those who get tattoos cannot donate blood, they are still eligible to be bone marrow donors.
Sara Drobniak from DKMS Foundation said: âWe want to change the environment for tattoo enthusiasts through tattoo artists who can inspire their clients to become # DobryWzÃ³r and register as a potential bone marrow donor, because nothing do not oppose their path! “
âAs part of the campaign, we created four graphics of donors with tattoos in different styles so that every tattoo artist can find something that matches their job. “
The number of bone marrow donors in the world is increasing every year, with Poland being one of the main countries in Europe, but the possibilities of finding a suitable partner are still very low.
According to the World Association of Bone Marrow Donors, 423 out of 10,000 people in Poland are registered bone marrow donors, which places Poland 4th among countries in the world behind Israel, Cyprus and Germany.
As part of the campaign, youth portals will also feature stories of tattooed bone marrow donors and tattoo artists registered as potential bone marrow donors.
One of the tattoo artists involved in the project is Paulina Zygmuntowicz from Kaktusz Studio in Warsaw whose younger brother has undergone a bone marrow transplant.
She said, âTattoos are becoming an increasingly popular form of decorating our bodies. But unfortunately, most people think that a tattoo is preventing you from becoming a potential bone marrow donor.
âThanks to the DKMS Foundation, my younger brother found a compatible bone marrow donor and got another chance to live – a healthy life. I’m not sure if I will ever be able to personally thank this person for having my brother with me, but what I can do is educate my friends and clients and show how easy it is to save the life of my brother. someone !
âThe tattoo usually takes several hours and the registration in the DKMS Foundation’s bone marrow donor database – a few minutes.
“The tattoo will probably stay with us forever, the same can be the satisfaction of selflessly doing something good for another man.”
There are three organizations in Poland that deal with bone marrow transplants, DKMS, Poltransplant and Against Leukemia Foundation MDR (ALF).