AFRM client finds donor: Bone marrow donors still urgently needed

Posted by AFRM on 30 July 2015

RobAFRM is urging clients, business partners and the general public to please consider registering with the bone marrow donation centre.

Our client Rob Frogley was in dire need of a bone marrow transplant, but in Australia for some reason, there is a distinct undersupply of donors and until recently, there was no suitable match available in a world wide search. The good news is they have found a donor and depending on availability of the donor (for the procedure), they will hopefully perform the Bone Marrow Transplant in September.

Rob has a condition called Myelofibrosis. It was detected some years ago and over that time, leads to bone marrow failure. The deterioration of Rob’s health has been substantial to the point that was in urgent need of finding a suitable donor.

We note that many people are registered blood donors, but few have taken the step or are aware of the need to make themselves available for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Click here for the enrolment brochure. The website www.abmdr.org.au contains information relevant to donors as well as eligibility criteria.

You can join the ABMDR in two different ways:

  1. At any Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donor Centre located nationwide. You can also donate blood at the same time. Please call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au to view eligibility criteria and to make an appointment. Please notify staff when you arrive for your appointment that you wish to join the ABMDR.
  1. If you are located in Sydney – you can have your sample collected at the Wolper Hosital in Woollahra, on Sunday mornings by appointment through the Gift of Life Australia. Visit www.giftoflife.org.au

If we all do nothing, then nothing will change. Please consider enrolling and who knows, you could save someone's life.

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