Riding high on the success of the earlier Bone Marrow Donor Registration Campaign, Jeevandayini Social Foundation under the aegis of Dr O.P. Bhalla Foundation and in technical collaboration with Datri, India’s largest Stem Cell Donor Registry, organised a Bone Marrow drive at MRIU campus here today.
The Bone Marrow drive at Manav Rachna churned out a record 201 donors!The day long session witnessed an insightful presentation by Ms Gayathri Venugopal and Ms Dipti Kumbhar from Datri on the Peripheral Stem Cell Donation to combat Blood Disorders. An unprecedented number of students from different academic streams attended the session while Jeevandayini was enabling the bone marrow donor registration process where a buccal swab sample was taken which will be further tested and recorded with Datri.
Present on the occasion were faculty members from Manav Rachna including Professor I K Kilam and Ms Hanu Bhardwaj and team Jeevandayini headed by Ms Madhulika Jain among others.
To commemorate Bone Marrow Donation and Leukaemia Awareness months spanning 15th August to 15th October, the drive is an effort to sensitize the youth on fatal and heavily damaging Blood Disorders including Leukaemia (Blood Cancer), Thalassaemia, Aplastic Anaemia and Sickle Cell Anaemia. For many years, Bone marrow donations required an invasive procedure under anesthesia, with a doctor extracting marrow from the donor’s hip bones. Now only 25 percent of donations are done that way. The other 75 percent are Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant (PBSCT).
Ms. Satya Bhalla, Chief Patron, MREI and Dr O.P Bhalla Foundation stated, “A bone marrow transplant replaces a patient’s diseased blood-forming cells with healthy cells. A well-matched donor is important to the success of a transplant. Because the tissue type is inherited, you might expect that a family member would be the best match. However, only 30% of patients will have a relative who matches and is able to donate. The other 70% need someone like you to donate their healthy marrow.”
Ms. Madhulika Jain, President, Jeevandayini Social Foundation spoke at length explaining, “Let us embody the virtues of humanity and compassion. The Bone Marrow Drive at Manav Rachna has encouraged students to become agents of change to make the society cancer free and help alleviate the pain.”
The interactions with students at the Drive left an indelible impression on them as Jeevandayini resolved to continue its relentless efforts to conduct these campaigns Pan India.