It’s a small world and attending the Courts annual charity golf event last month, the subject of bone marrow transplants – survival and also the sadness of loss – was very much the topic of conversation. Courts is the main sponsor of Singapore’s Young Lions football team and just earlier that week, Singapore learned that a senior league player had lost the battle against lymphoma. The tragic loss of a young man in top physical condition and at the height of his career sadly emphasised our message that leukaemia, lymphoma and the other blood diseases strike literally anyone, at any time.
Since then we have met up with several of the Young Lions players inviting them to not only sign up as bone marrow donors, but also to help us get the message out into the community that everyone has the power to save a life.
Another coincidence that night was confirming a story about a member of the Courts staff who had a bone marrow transplant more than 15 years ago. Mentioning this to Courts Asia CEO, Terry O’Connor and some of his senior staff, without hesitation a name came straight back; everyone knew the story but until that moment had not made the connection to the work we do here at the BMDP. In this case a happy ending with a life that was saved through having a bone marrow transplant and is now lived to the fullest as part of the Courts team. Tangible evidence of the work we do and how a successful transplant means a life restored to normal.
So when Courts Singapore CEO, Tim Luce, kicked off our Marathon Madness event last week presenting a cheque for S$160,000 which was raised during the golf tournament, it closed this circle of coincidence. Thank you to Terry and Janice O’Connor and everyone who supported the Courts event to make this fabulously generous contribution. This will cover the cost of tissue typing just over 1,000 new donors recruited onto the donor register this year – so a definite leap forward in our mission to save lives.
At the same time, the gift of partnership and collaboration will continue – not only through our “marathon madness” on a treadmill in the city centre, but a whole team of Young Lions willing to stand up and be counted.