A very big thank you to everyone for making our work here at BMDP a success! Here’s an update for the year 2012, take a look at what we’ve been doing to help our patients with Leukaemia and blood-related diseases.
There’s an unproven theory that everyone on the planet is only six steps away – by way of introduction – from anyone else on earth and in Singapore, our world seems to be even smaller. How many times when you meet a total stranger do you find an immediate connection – work, school, church group or sports club – and so the tangled – and wonderful – web of relationships is woven.
So let’s consider the BMDP. With one of our courier team flying in from an overseas collection today, we have delivered stem cells or Bone Marrow to a total of 36 patients. Measured in family members, loved ones, playmates and colleagues who are all impacted by the devastating news when leukaemia or a similar blood disease strikes, the BMDP has directly impacted a huge number of people. I would like to believe that we are separated by just three degrees from all of Singapore’s 5 million population; but however you measure it, our work brings a chance of survival, hope and belief for the future – and that is the goal that drives us.
So while it is nearly September and for many of our friends out there, 2013 plans are already underway, there is still time for you to help us keep making this life-saving difference. We have our October plans to reach at least 30 companies during the month and recruit more donors – so if you think your colleagues would like to find out more, then please give us a call and let’s arrange a donor drive in your company. Then of course, you can continue to help us by funding our work through a donation and that’s just a click away on the online portal.
Watch how a Cheek Swab, also known as a Buccal Swab, is demonstrated for optimum results in Tissue Typing the DNA of volunteer donors.
We have had the most walk-ins in the history of the BMDP during the past two weeks plus a donor drive organized by Drew and Napier bringing us to almost 600 new donors.
So a huge thank you to everyone who has come down to the less-than-regal Kingly building – we have been a meeting place for old friends and new alike – and all united in one mission. Almost everyone had visited our website and learned more through the video but one question came around time and again, “I can still back out later can’t I?”
So here’s a story. Sitting in a doctor’s office the final verdict comes; you need a transplant to survive – it’s black – it’s white! and then comes the explanation about finding a bone marrow donor. Most Singaporeans don’t have lots of siblings who offer a potential match so the search request comes to us and the BMDP gets to work. Only half our work is about building the register and every day we are providing a service to the hospitals to find that one perfect match for their patients.
Great news when we do find a potential match but hold off on the celebrations until we do the verification tests which all takes time… and if that person really is a 100% match to the patient, there’s hope and suddenly a reason for all those daunting days and weeks of chemotherapy the patient has had to endure.
Our volunteer donors are not under any obligation and between the day a donor signs up and age 55 when we take them off the register, so many things will happen; donors themselves may become unwell and thus disqualified from donating or perhaps they simply cannot be located. But, if they are available, fit and healthy – does the patient really deserve another stark reality, that the donor signed up, but wasn’t really serious so we all go back to square one.
The answer to the question; yes! of course you can – but on behalf of all our patients, their families and medical teams – not to mention all of us at the BMDP who fight every day to save lives, then please sign up knowing that you really do have a hero inside you.
Cheek Swab Day on 16 May 2012 is a preview to Cheek Swab Month in October, and also marks the launch of BMDP’s blog and greater online outreach. Listen to Jane Prior, President, BMDP, as she outlines the organisation’s quest and its business of miracles.