Bone marrow donor programme celebrates 100 donors and new patron
Published on Jul 31, 2014 12:20 PM
SINGAPORE - Singapore's life-saving Bone Marrow Donor Programme celebrated its 100th donor and a new patron, Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam, on Thursday.
The programme was set up 21 years ago and manages Singapore's only registry of bone marrow donors. Bone marrow transplants are the preferred treatment for many blood-related diseases such as leukaemia and lymphoma, but the odds of a DNA match between a donor and patient is only 1 in 20,000.
The registry currently has 44,000 people on its local register, but only slightly more than 100 of them have gone through with donations.
The 100th donor, 27-year-old engineer Lim Yun Song, did his part in May.
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