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Up close and personal with two of our transplant patients, Bryan (Centre) and Brendon

Reflecting on our 20 year mission

Up close and personal with two of our transplant patients, Bryan (Centre) and Brendon
Up close and personal with two of our transplant patients, Bryan (Centre) and Brendon

Many bone marrow donor registers around the world were established as the result of tragedy and likewise the BMDP which was set up after a Singaporean family lost a beloved son to leukaemia.

No matching bone marrow donor could be found for this one small boy and together with a group of doctors, the family made a commitment that no Singaporean should die without having at least the chance of a cure through a bone marrow transplant. That remains fundamental to our mission today.

A transplant offers a cure for many blood-related diseases including leukaemia, still the most common cancer and too many of us know people whose lives have been devastated by it. Yet we still cling to the belief that bad things happen to others so by the time we get the wake-up call, it’s too late to act.

We have shared a story of another Singaporean family whose lives were impacted twice as father and then the youngest son were diagnosed with a blood disease. They tell of a stark reality that we lose control and instead have to depend upon the generosity of strangers – unique individuals who did chose to act, signing up to donate blood and also life-saving bone marrow should they be a match for someone in the future.

In celebration of our 20 years, the BMDP has committed to recruit 20,000 donors onto the register in the next three years – but we cannot do it alone. Help us achieve this by spreading the word, ask your friends to sign up and please make a financial donation to help us pay for tissue typing our new donors. Both actions are just one click away.

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The Year at a Glance!

Here’s an update at the work we have done this year – thank you so much to all who have supported us, let us strive for greater success in the year 2013! We can do it!

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From the left: Jane Prior, BMDP President, Aven Lim, Business Analyst at Bayer HealthCare and our 5,000th donor, Marcus Yim, MD of Bayer South ASEAN, May Goh, BMDP Donor Recruitment Manager, and Lim Lu Choon, Communications Manager at Bayer South ASEAN.

ON TARGET – 5,000 donors recruited for the year!

From the left: Jane Prior, BMDP President, Aven Lim, Business Analyst at Bayer HealthCare and our 5,000th donor, Marcus Yim, MD of Bayer South ASEAN, May Goh, BMDP Donor Recruitment Manager, and Lim Lu Choon, Communications Manager at Bayer South ASEAN.
From the left: Jane Prior, Aven Lim our 5,000th donor, Marcus Yim, May Goh, and Lim Lu Choon.

Thank you to everyone who has worked with us over the past months – signing up, organising donor drives and sharing the BMDP mission with friends and colleagues that everyone has “the power to save a life”.

With your support we reached our 2012 target TODAY with 5,000 new donors all signed up to the BMDP register bringing us several steps closer to delivering on our promise to find a donor for every patient.

Aven Lim, Business Analyst from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals was our 5,000th donor for the year – and he got first-hand congratulations from another new donor, Marcus Yim, MD of Bayer South ASEAN.

Many thanks to Bayer for hosting today’s event and also for generously sponsoring the cost of tissue typing each of your staff who signed up. Also, thank you again to all our other partners who have supported the Match For Life campaign over recent months; from the universities and polytechnics, the global and local partners – none if this would have been possible without your belief, encouragement and buy-in to our cause.

CONGRATULATIONS to all our Match For Life team and our extended family of BMDP donors. Roll on 2013 – another target and more lives to save.

– Jane Prior

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Awesome news!

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Good morning friends!

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)

You should have seen him in the news. If you haven't, here's news for you. Gerrard will be dragging a 14kg tire throughout the Full Marathon!
You should have seen him in the news. If you haven’t, here’s news for you. Gerrard will be dragging a 14kg tire throughout the Full Marathon!

2. Dr Yvonne Loh – Transplant Doctor (read our previous blogpost about her here)

Dr Yvonne Loh works on the front line in the fight against the most common forms of blood disease including leukaemia  and lymphoma as a Consultant Haematologist and Medical Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Program at Singapore General Hospital.
Dr Yvonne Loh works on the front line in the fight against the most common forms of blood disease including leukaemia and lymphoma as a Consultant Haematologist and Medical Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Program at Singapore General Hospital.

3. Laura (click here to donate!)

Laura will be running her first half marathon this year, please show her your support!
Laura will be running her first half marathon this year, please show her your support!

4. Declan & Anne (read their story and donate here!)

Declan & Anne will be running together in support of BMDP!
Declan & Anne will be running together in support of BMDP!

5.Vivien Teo (read more about her story here)

Vivien is a bone marrow transplant nurse, and will be running in the half marathon in support of BMDP!

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Meet the Incredible Doctor Yvonne Loh!

Our dear Dr Yvonne geared up, gladly representing BMDP!
Our dear Dr Yvonne geared up, gladly representing BMDP!

Every day Dr Yvonne Loh works on the front line in the fight against the most common forms of blood disease including leukaemia  and lymphoma as a Consultant Haematologist and Medical Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Program at Singapore General Hospital.

Nobody knows better than she does how a transplant can not only save a life but just the chance of survival  transforms despair into hope for patients and their families.

After hours, she’s pounding the pavements to win another battle and this time raise funds and awareness for our work at the Bone Marrow Donor Programme – and more money raised, means more lives saved.

Support the Incredible Dr Yvonne Loh and make a donation – every $150.00 donated pays for another new donor on the register. DONATE NOW!

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Putting ourselves about…

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The past weeks have been absolutely hectic – donor drives happening in companies and carnivals, schools and government departments from the city centre to Jurong Island! Our logo has strutted on the catwalk with Elite Model Look and now our team of Marathon Men and Women are pounding the pavements to raise funds and awareness.

Our very own crazy man, Ah Siao is on a mission to drag a tyre throughout the full 42  kilometres of the Singapore Marathon. In his words, a tribute to our patients who have to struggle every day – for months sometimes – managing their treatment and waiting for the good news that we have found them a match.

And all this noise and effort  have delivered some significant success. Thanks to all our various partners, we recruited 1338 new donors during “Match for Life” in October  bringing the year-to-date total up to 4089 putting us in sight of our annual target of 5,000. So, if you have friends or colleagues who want to become a bone marrow donor, then get them to Sign Up for a postal kit and we’ll do the rest.

Meanwhile, we need your help to share our work with people you know by ‘liking’ us on Facebook to stay in touch with all the things we are doing. After all, the BMDP is one huge family united by a single mission to save lives – but like Ah Siao, there are lots of us doing crazy things out there so let us know what’s happening in your world and we’ll share it with the rest of the gang… make more noise, save more lives.

Jane Prior

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Drag Tyre, Run Marathon, Save Lives!!!

Our dear Ah Siao charging the streets of Raffles Place, eagerly sharing about the BMDP and our life-saving works.
Ah Siao all geared up and charging the streets of Raffles Place, eagerly sharing the BMDP’s life-saving work with the public!

“If you try, go all the way – it’s the only good fight there is…” Strong words from a man who wants to be known as Ah Siao – the runner on a very special mission at this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon.

Ah Siao’s journey began just 5 weeks ago and now he is about to make history – running his first ever marathon and dragging a tyre at the same time – all in support of the BMDP.

“The runs are really torturous and I wanted to quit after my first training session with the tyre but then I think of the patients who need a bone marrow transplant to survive and all they can do is wait for the good news that a match has been found. That makes me even more determined to not only finish the marathon but to show the world that all it takes is courage and commitment,” said Ah Siao.

With only eight weeks to prepare for a full marathon, Ah Siao is pushing the limits by training twice a day, five days a week and clocking 100km in as many days. “The pain after each run is excruciating but here’s the thing; I can rest, re-fuel and be good to go the next day; but leukaemia patients do not enjoy that luxury,” shared Ah Siao.  “It’s the same for a bone marrow donor who has to put up with minimal discomfort but through that one act, they can save another person’s life. We have options; the patients do not.”

A volunteer for four years, Ah Siao appreciates the tremendous odds that the BMDP is working against to find donors;  plus with zero government funding, it’s a marathon effort to raise the funds needed to keep growing the register.  “The tyre symbolises the hard work and endurance people need to overcome any obstacle in life,” explained Ah Siao. “However, strength and endurance isn’t enough to save a leukaemia patient – a matching bone marrow is the only cure.”

Since it started, the BMDP has found a match for close to 500 patients and recruited 50,000 donors to the local register. But with the odds of a patient finding a suitable match being a whopping one in 20,000, some patients are simply running out of time and we urgently need more donors to come forward.  Neither righteous nor noble, Ah Siao simply wants to connect with one person at a time – to forward the BMDP’s life-saving cause and in his words, “the ancestor of an action is a thought. I want to plant this idea so we can fight not just one battle, but to win the war,” concluded Ah Siao.

Donatetoday and save a life tomorrow.

Like his Facebook Page, and check him out on STOMP!

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From top left: donor's fiancée, Reza's mother, Reza's father, donor, Reza, Reza's brother.

Calling out for a Hero!

From top left: donor's fiancée, Reza's mother, Reza's father, donor, Reza, Reza's brother.
From top left: donor’s fiancée, Reza’s mother, Reza’s father, donor, Reza, Reza’s brother.

The past one week has been amazing! 14 year old transplant recipient, Reza met the 28 year old woman who saved his life for the very first time and the real miracle is a Chinese donor being a perfect match for a young Malay patient!

It’s a “first” for us and it was a real joy to be with them while they both shared their stories amid lots of laughter like real old friends … For our Superwoman (who doesn’t want to be named) she told Reza that she was never worried about making that life-saving donation – she know somebody’s life depended upon her plus it was a safe and simple procedure – but she was very worried it might mean she couldn’t go and watch the first F1 Night Race in Singapore! For football-mad Reza, meeting Superwoman’s fiancé in a matching Arsenal t-shirt really made the match and so a new friendship begins.

Every so often people ask why do I still want to be involved in the BMDP; after all, it is exactly 16 years ago today that Daniel had his transplant and life moves on. Indeed and rarely do we talk about this in a personal context – but every search to find a donor is because another family is struggling through the worst of times and waiting for good news that we have found a potential life-saving match.

So when someone asks you about bone marrow transplants, please share what you know about the BMDP and help us with our mission. We desperately need more donors to sign up – and also you could make a donation to help pay for the tissue typing – with your help, more people will have a chance to survive and meet the hero who saved their life.

Written by Jane

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The Real Deal

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Martin Thoo, Honorary General Secretary, BMDP

As the saying goes, “for many are called, but few are chosen”. In 1993, Martin Thoo, a young junior college student, took up the call to action and signed up with the BMDP as a volunteer bone marrow donor. “It just seemed like the right thing to do,” explained Martin. How many of us can put our hands up and say yes, we did our part for society at age 17 or 18 and will give willingly when the time comes?

Several years later, a grown-up Martin kept his promise and gave the ultimate gift anyone can give – a gift of life. Looking back, Martin never once hesitated in donating his bone marrow; and he will do the same if called upon today. “We must never take for granted that someone else will respond to the call; every step no matter how small, must begin with us,” said Martin.

“Seeing the BMDP progress every year and that my contribution has made a difference drives me to give my all. Being the Honorary General Secretary may sound mundane, but I enjoy it!” exclaimed Martin.

Viewing his commitment to the BMDP more as a calling instead of a responsibility is a telling factor of this man’s mission – touching lives. The BMDP is in urgent need of donors and funding – the lifeblood of patients at the various transplant hospitals in Singapore.

Martin concludes, “I hope that the BMDP will one day become the donor register hub of the region; to give hope to those who have none”.

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Have YOU signed up!

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Above: Our Fun Pin-Badges will be up for sale at our Match for Life events – REAL SOON!

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.