I read with interest the recent report about an eight-year-old Chinese boy who put on 10kg in two months to donate bone marrow to his dying father ("Chinese boy piles on the kilos to save father's life"; Wednesday).
The heartwarming story has captured the hearts of people across Asia, and we wish Cao Yinpeng's father a speedy recovery after he received his life-saving gift.
A bone marrow transplant is often the only cure for patients suffering from blood diseases such as leukaemia or lymphoma.
But finding a suitable donor can be a significant challenge, as Yinpeng's family discovered.
At the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP), we have a register of volunteer donors, all of whom have given a DNA sample for tissue typing and made a commitment to save a life if they come up as a match to a patient.
For our volunteer bone marrow donors, the act of saving a life is just a few hours of inconvenience, and within a matter of days, life is back to normal, with no side effects or impact on the donor's health.
With six Singaporeans diagnosed daily with a blood disease, the BMDP has committed to adding another 50,000 potential donors to the register over the next three years, and we urge volunteers to come forward.
Making a bone marrow donation is a temporary moment of inconvenience.
For a patient desperately waiting to find a match, it is their only chance of survival.
For more information on how to become a donor, visit www.bmdp.org
Jane Prior (Ms)
The Bone Marrow Donor Programme