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Saving lives isn't really part of everyday life as a developer. Our colleague Patrick however did make this incredible experience ten years ago: Thanks to his stem cell donation, a then one-year-old boy survived! According to DKMS, blood cancer is the most frequent cause of cancer-related deaths among children. Worldwide, approximately every 27 seconds a person receives the diagnosis. DKMS wants to give as many people as possible access to a life-saving donation. For that, they are dependent on voluntary stem cell donors.
Patrick, who had registered in 2012, was contacted as a potential match by DKMS in 2013. This is how the story went for him:
The procedure was absolutely unproblematic and Patrick was quickly fit again. After a year, he was able to inquire about the course of the transplantation, and a little later, DKMS even establishes contact between donor and recipient if both parties so desire.
Patrick made use of this offer and learned that his donation saved the life of a one-year-old boy with bone cancer in Athens. Today, he is still in loose contact with the family – once they even met in Greece. The boy is now 10 years old.
This story is simply too beautiful not to share – and it also shows how significant something as small as a registration via cheek swab can be in the end.
We at AOE have been supporting DKMS for years by regularly organizing registration campaigns for our employees – and covering the costs for a registration. In this way, we want to make registration as a stem cell donor as low a threshold as possible and also raise awareness of blood cancer. Registration is a painless and uncomplicated process done by just a cheek swab. More than 50 employees have now registered, and many colleagues have already done so.
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Welcome to our blog series "Behind the Screens"! This is where we dive into the real-life at AOE. We regularly give our employees the chance to share their stories, providing you with insights into their work and passions. Whether you're looking to kick-start your own career in the IT industry or simply curious, get ready for some cool stories and exciting insights. Stay tuned! In today's spotlight: Fabian. At AOE, better known as Fabi. As a Backend Developer, he is the engine behind the scenes. The 30-year-old constructs the backend systems that serve as the "brain" behind the overall applications. He has high expectations for AI development and knows that GenZ will significantly influence the technology. Here, you will learn more about the person "behind the screen."
The idea to become a developer came to Klara only after her studies (spoiler: not computer science!). Today she does frontend development at AOE and, after more than a year, is still more than happy in her role and in her team. Here in "AOE Behind the Screens" she tells you about how she managed to realize her dream and what developing software has to do with translating. In this new blog series, various AOE employees will regularly talk about their work, their careers and everything else that keeps them busy. In this way, we want to give you an insight into different roles and tasks and into everyday life at AOE. Frontend developer Klara kicks things off this week. Read more about the person "behind the screens"!