Nothing could take down 33-year-old Sonia. Not the toughest projects at work, or even the craziest deadlines.
Who is Sonia
Beyond the office, she remained a powerhouse. Yoga, Zumba, rock-climbing, marathons – what could Sonia not do? She was always the first person to sign up for everything.
Her world, like many others, came to a stop when she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukaemia, a rare form of blood cancer.
The diagnosis hit her hard, as she never thought the disease could happen to anyone, regardless of lifestyle habits.
Now, there’s nothing she can do, except to wait. Time isn’t on her side; without a donor, she might just have months left to live
Similarly to Sonia, many other blood disease patients are urgently waiting for donors to step up to beat the 1 in 20,000 odds of finding a matching donor.
Learn more about bone marrow donation below. All it takes is a simple cheek swab to sign up!
* 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 PATIENTS LIKE SONIA.
REGISTER TO BE A POTENTIAL DONOR.
Help take us one step closer to finding a match for Sonia and many patients like her.
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
Your selfless decision will mean a lot to Sonia and other patients like her. 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 3 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.
For our Muslims friends, the Islamic Religious Council has issued a Fatwa giving approval for all Muslims to be bone marrow donors and help save the lives of patients.
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.
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