Every year thousands of South Africans are devastated with the news that they have been diagnosed with a life threatening blood disorder such as leukaemia. It is The Sunflower Fund’s vision to give these patients the chance of life, irrespective of their race and financial circumstances.
The Fund’s mission is to educate and recruit a viable source of well-informed potential bone marrow stem cell donors who are ethnically diverse, in an effort to save the lives of those needing a bone marrow stem cell transplant. 75% of patients needing a stem cell transplant are under the age of 25 and will need to look on a registry of unrelated donors in order to find their lifesaving match.
The Sunflower Fund's overall objective is to decrease mortality rates, in sufferers of Leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders, by increasing the number of and access to unrelated bone marrow stem cell donors on the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). Funds are raised, through campaigns like National Bandana Day, to cover the cost of tissue typing all new donors joining the SABMR which cost The Fund R2000 per person.
The chance of finding a suitable donor is just 1:100 000 within your own ethnic group. With only 66 000 people registered in South Africa, this is a far cry from an effective database which ideally should be in excess of 400 000.
Help The Sunflower Fund increase HOPE for patients in South Africa and consider becoming a lifesaving bone marrow stem cell donor today. Call 0800 12 10 82 or visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za