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    Oct 27, 2015

    Your bone marrow could save a life

    The Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) manages Singapore's only register of volunteer bone-marrow donors, and its aim is to save lives through transplants.

    BMDP has 52,000 donors on its register and more donors are needed, especially from minority groups.

    It hopes to have 17,000 new donors each year to reach its target of 50,000 new donors by 2019, in order to attain a donor for every patient whose life depends on it.

    Elise Lee, assistant manager of the donor recruitment team in BMDP, said: "We appeal to the public to donate because it's a chance for patients to continue living and no family would be complete if one passes away."

    Visit to be placed on the register. Anyone between the ages of 17 and 49 can sign up as a bone-marrow donor.

    Donors need to be in good health. You can apply online for a kit to be sent to you to do a cheek swab and fill in a form.

    Test results will be entered into the register.

    You will be asked to donate bone marrow only if you are found to be a match for a patient.