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Thanking a donor for the gift of life
15th June 2016
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We Salute our Unsung Heroes

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sambrOn behalf of all patients past, present and future, The Sunflower Fund dedicates this page to the unsung heroes – without them there would be no hope – YOU HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE and we salute you. Hope begins with you.

Special thanks and recognition must also go to the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR), a national organization with the responsibility to process requests for haematopoietic stem cells (HSC) from unrelated donors emanating locally and from abroad – without their specialist expertise none of this would be possible.

The SABMR is a member of the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) and has been designated the National HUB centre for Africa, through which incoming and outgoing requests for donors are channelled.

The South African gene pool is unique and thus extremely valuable to the rest of the World.  The SABMR is regularly approached to provide donors for African and Asian patients and patients of mixed ethnic origin. All blood stem cell donations from South African volunteers, however, take place at one of the specialised centres in South Africa and are hand carried by a personal courier to the patient’s transplant centre. For more info on the SABMR click here.

In compliance with international agreement, strict anonymity is maintained between donor and patient.

The Sunflower Fund recruits donors for the SABMR.  To register as a donor call: 0800-12-10-82