Zach* was just like any 16-year-old. A child who loved learning and playing with his friends in school. A child with a bright future ahead. But all that changed, when he started falling sick too often.
Who is Zach
Eventually, his parents’ worst fear came true – Zach was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, a form of blood cancer with the lowest survival rate.
Now, his only hope of survival is a bone marrow transplant. But the odds of finding a matching donor are a crushing 1 in 20,000.
That’s why Zach is still waiting for someone like you to step forward – even as he continues growing more fragile with each passing day. Patients like him sometimes have as short as just 60 days to live.
Zach’s tomorrow depends on you.
Be a bone marrow donor. Choose to save a life.
* Names and details of the story have been changed to protect the patient’s privacy.
What it means to Save a life
YOU COULD BE THE 1 IN 20,000 TO SAVE ZACH.
REGISTER TO BE A POTENTIAL DONOR.
Help take us one step closer to finding a match for Zach and many patients like him.
Join thousands of others by registering as a potential donor today.
How it Works
RECEIVE YOUR SWAB KIT
MAIL BACK YOUR SAMPLE
WE’LL CALL IF YOU’RE A MATCH
Register to be a Potential Donor
Your selfless decision will mean a lot to Zach and other patients like him. If you’re ready to make a difference, please fill up the form below.
You should be between 17 to 49 years old and in good health. Upon registration, you’ll receive a postal kit within 5 working days.
Being a Donor
Who can be a donor?
Anyone between the ages of 17 and 49 can sign up as a bone marrow donor – as long as you’re in good health. You can apply online for a postal kit to be sent to you. Just do a simple cheek swab and send it back.
When do I become a donor?
Your tissue type has to match perfectly with that of the patient’s, with the odds at a staggering 1 in 20,000. It all depends on the rarity of the patient’s tissue type. However, once you’re identified as a compatible donor, you may be the only person who can provide the life-saving bone marrow to that patient.
Do I have to pay any expenses?
No you don’t. You’ll be reimbursed for all expenses relating to the donation, including travel expenses or unpaid leave, although most employers are very supportive and will allow you additional time for medical check-ups.
After the donation, you’ll be given 2 to 3 days of medical leave, so you get adequate rest. Throughout the whole process, our BMDP Donor Centre Coordinator will assist you to set up appointments, answer your questions and be your liaison.