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!
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
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
Watch how a Cheek Swab, also known as a Buccal Swab, is demonstrated for optimum results in Tissue Typing the DNA of volunteer donors.
It is always a quandary… to hold a donor recruitment drive for one individual, or to keep all the focus on the larger mission.
On the one hand, the individual call for help brings an emotional connection, definitely adds kudos to one’s personal brand and drives immediacy of action; on the other side there’s a real concern that the commitment will dwindle with time and especially in the face of anonymity which is usually the case when a donor match could be anywhere in the world.Today has been humbling with many people responding to a call for help from a member of our Singapore family – and with all of us so socially well connected, it really doesn’t take too long before a personal link is forged.
So first of all, a huge thank you to everyone who not only heard and acted on that call for more volunteer donors to come forward and sign up – but then listened patiently to the explanation about what it really means to be on a national register such as the BMDP and part of a global network.In reality, that one small step for a friend, has all the potential to be a life-saving gift for an absolute stranger as we don’t sign anyone up just to help one named individual. Our mission is to save lives through matching patients whose lives are in danger with that 1:20,000 individual who has the same tissue type. Some of them were well researched and already knew this – for others it was a surprise and they needed a moment to reflect if they really did want to sign up for the long haul. In the end, not even one individual opted out.
So I guess it is still a bit of a quandary… but on a wonderful positive note, we have more donors, greater awareness and possibly another hero who will save a life somewhere, sometime.
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