Imagine – soccer was Reza’s passion, and representing the school team in a tournament was his dream. However, life is unpredictable and Reza was diagnosed with leukaemia just days before Christmas.
While the world celebrated, he had to spend all the holiday season in a hospital bed and almost worse than that, his hopes of representing the school team the following year were also dashed.
For Reza, life had just come to a juddering halt and the future seemed to be an endless lineup of hospital visits, tests and loneliness – until that fighting spirit kicked in.
Reza stayed strong and with support from the rest of the family, underwent chemotherapy while all the time waiting for a suitable donor to be found. Without a bone marrow transplant, Reza’s future was just 3 years of chemotherapy and pretty bleak so it was great news when just 7 months later the BMDP found a suitable match for Reza. “Such a kind person! they don’t even know me, yet are willing to donate”, Reza expressed, “I would kneel down and bow and say thank you very very much”.
Not only did the donor save Reza’s life, but once again he has the opportunity to continue pursuing his dream. Healthy and fit, life is back to normal – soccer, friends and everything that can fit into another day of being alive.
Donating bone marrow is a minor inconvenience and discomfort – but the impact is permanent and life-changing. Be a donor, you can save a life.
When his only brother was diagnosed with leukaemia and the only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant, the first obvious place to look for a donor was within the family.
Saad was devastated when he wasn’t a match and his brother’s life was in the balance as a search was initiated to find a volunteer donor on a register such as the BMDP. Life was tough for all the family with little to do except keep hoping that someone, somewhere will turn up as a perfect match but Saad was all too aware that there was only a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding that someone to save his brother’s life.
As Saad shared, “it was awful having to wait for good news but eventually we found two possible matches and one of them was willing to make the donation.” Today, Saad’s brother is alive and even back at work and Saad himself has registered to be a bone marrow donor because as he explains, “I may not have been a match for my brother, but I really hope that I could be a match for someone else’s!”
Why should people sign up? Because there is no greater gift or impact that you can have on another person’s life – to help them live… and why wouldn’t you?
It’s four years since Bryan’s life was saved by a total stranger and finally he got to meet his superhero.
For final year engineering student Lim Shi Hong, it was real proof that donating his bone marrow – something that just took a little time and some discomfort – had changed the world for an entire family and allowed one brave young boy to live.
Sign up as a bone marrow donor, help someone live!
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.
What an amazing week here at the BMDP and the highlight was filming some of our patients and donors for a new video to talk more about what we do. I honestly wish that you could have all been there to put our work into perspective and really understand how we save lives.
We met one young mother of two who was facing up to a transplant-or-else diagnosis exactly one year ago and she came to us with a bloom in her cheek and spring in her step. Having reached that critical 12 month milestone we were even able to introduce her bone marrow donor – and measuring all the things we do, it doesn’t get much better than that. Needless to say, they had a world to share while the rest of us all shared a few tears with the sheer wonder if it all.
Then another mum, Roseline, whose two boys both needed to have a transplant and after some tough financial and medical struggles, they all looked fantastic – and in Roseline we have a fierce campaigner for our cause.
Plus of course several of our BMDP donors joined in – each unique but all excited to share their stories as to why they signed up and what it meant to have this opportunity to save a life. Would you do it again we asked? Yes – absolutely!
Watch out for the video which we’re launching at our Match For Life month starting October 1st and meet our heroes plus some of the very special people we have helped. As I said, it doesn’t get much better than that and even as I write we have patients awaiting transplant, others still seeking donors – and in all of this, everyone can play a part.
Our Match for Life campaign will kick off at Hill & Knowlton Strategies’ on 1 October 2012 and throughout the rest of the month we’ll be rolling out at Citibank, SIngTel, GIC, Diageo and Rodyk and Davidson- to name a few.
If your organisation – or even your team – are keen to support our massive one-month donor recruitment initiative, then call us and get signed up.
Living up to our mission to find a donor for every patient, we aim to recruit AT LEAST 3,000 new donors during the month of October but we can’t do it alone. For small companies with less than 100 staff, a Match For Life event is a great way to build engagement and also get involved with a bigger mission supporting a life-saving local cause that plays out on a global stage.
Details of all donors are made available through a global network but the hunt for that perfect match always starts at home – and so the more Singaporean donors we have, the better chances of finding a match for our local patients.
Match for Life is a collaboration between the BMDP and the corporate sector and aims to take advantage of the communications infrastructure within each organisation to reach out and educate staff on the role they can play in saving a life.
Sharing a short video online can inform and inspire – and that’s what it’s all about. After all, how many people can say they signed up today to save a life.
Match for Life – JOIN US!
Signing up as a donor only takes a few minutes but the decision to donate is a commitment that could mean the difference between life and death.
Our October campaign has a new name – Match for Life – which we feel is a better representation of the work that we do and the vital role that all of our volunteer donors play when they are a “match” and they can actually save a “life”.
Watch out for more details on the BMDP’s inaugural 30 day campaign as we reach out to as many companies and organisations throughout October to tell their staff what it takes to be a bone marrow donor. Just a few moments to learn about our work and sign up and a commitment for the future, that they will make that life-saving donation of bone marrow or stem cells to save the life of someone, somewhere; should they be that “Match for Life”…
And with 6 people every day diagnosed with a blood disease here in Singapore, that “someone” could be much closer than you think.
If your organisation or community group is looking to adopt a cause that can make a REAL difference – you have found it!
Match for Life is an ambitious campaign launched to recruit more donors to the bone marrow donor register. It is a collaboration between the BMDP and the corporate sector and aims to take advantage of the communications infrastructure within each organisation to reach out and educate staff on the role they can play in saving a life.
How does it work?
4 easy steps!
1: Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us who you are and how many people in your organisation you can help us reach.
2: Let’s meet up to go through the details – we’ll bring some leaflets and other material to share and agree on the best place in the office – and book a date
3: Distribute our e-flyer and the Be the One! video and brochures among your team members – at least a week before the date – and PUBLICISE, PUBLICISE – date, time and venue
4: BMDP arrives with our swab kits, our recruitment team and together with your event organising team, we’ll all get to work and share what it means, how it works and SWAB those cheeks
Every new donor could mean another life saved. We need your help to make Match for Life a success!
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