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Bone marrow donor programme celebrates 100 donors and new patron

Published on Jul 31, 2014 12:20 PM
The Bone Marrow Donor Programme's 100th donor Lim Yun Song (centre) receives a token of appreciation from Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam (right), the programme's new patron, and the organisation's honorary secretary Martin Thoo. -- PHOTO: BONE MARROW DONOR PROGRAMME

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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