In an emotional meeting, a young woman struck down by leukaemia told the stranger who saved her life that words cannot express the extent of her gratitude.
From graduation to devastation
At the Bone Marrow Donor Programme office, Narita met her donor Jeth Ng for the first time since the lifesaving transplant of his donated stem cells in April 2014. Just three months before the transplant, Narita had come down with what she thought was flu while completing her final college project.
Still unwell 3 weeks later, a series of tests showed that Narita had an aggressive form of leukaemia and her only hope was to have a bone marrow transplant.
Now 24 years old, Narita shared how terrified she was after her diagnosis. She was lying in a hospital bed hoping to survive when all she really wanted was to go away on the holiday she had planned with a group of friends to celebrate their graduation. Despite that, she was most hopeful on the day of her stem cell transplant – feeling that she was reborn, and had a fighting chance – all thanks to a stranger’s bravery and selflessness. Continue reading Born again through the kindness of a stranger→
The start of a new year – and also the 20th anniversary of the BMDP – and it was very appropriate that our first visitor to the office was also one of our earliest patients who underwent a transplant in 1996.
Diagnosed at age 11 with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and with no option except to have a transplant, Daniel Prior was the first paediatric transplant patient at the National University Hospital. Today, sixteen years later with a degree and juggling a full time job plus a line-up of interests, he is very real proof that a successful transplant allows the patient to get back to a full and normal life.
In his words, “it was a very long time ago but I do remember waiting for news that they had found a donor for me and once that came through, then it was a real race through time and having all the treatment. Obviously I believe the BMDP is doing fantastic work, and it’s only because a woman in Australia signed up as a donor, that I’m alive today.”
It’s been really exciting here at BMDP as we have received amazing news!!! As our dear running team trains hard for the marathon, we are glad to announce that North East CDC will be matching every donation DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR! So every donation you make here will now be doubled.
We truly hope that this opportunity will allow us to raise as much funds as we can to pay for tissue typing. This year, we are confident that we will reach our target of 5,000 donors, that means we will need to raise $750,000 – it costs $150 to tissue type each donor.
CLICK HERE NOW and donate generously, because it will be doubled! Your money is going to work harder!
p.s. All funds raised by the five runners will be matched dollar-for-dollar – huge thanks to North East CDC once again!
Meanwhile, here are our dear runners:
1. Ah Siao – Gerrard Lin (read our previous blogpost about him here)
2. Dr Yvonne Loh – Transplant Doctor (read our previous blogpost about her here)
YOU are specially invited to Robe Raiders 3 – know that for every dollar you spend, ten cents will go to help fund the BMDP’s life-saving work!
Robe Raiders, organised by fashionistas Claudia Sondakh, Resham Melwani and Sarah Tan is a pop-up event selling specially curated selection of pre-loved, new-with-tags or vintage designer brand clothing, bags, shoes and accessories at marked down prices. They’ve had two events to date since launching in November last year. With each event, they will donate 10% of their proceeds to an appointed charity. For their third event, they chose the BMDP!
Light refreshments will be available to ensure you have the energy to shop for a good cause!
Event details: Date: 25 August 2012 Time: 12pm – 7pm Venue: Curio Home, Blk 16 Dempsey Road, Unit 01-02/03
The Bone Marrow Donor Programme
8 Sinaran Drive #03-02 Novena Specialist Center Singapore 307470
Tel: (65) 6916 0370 Fax: (65) 6916 0371
Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays