Raffles Medical’s Inspirational photo contest

Growing up, our parents always remind us that Health is Wealth.
Daddy mentioned that after we become parents ourselves, this will be even more meaningful.

We can be millionaires but without Health, we will not be able to accomplish a lot of activities with our kids. Simple things which we take for granted, like education, choosing our own lifestyles and even Family outings might become that much more difficult to attain.

Recently on Tuesday Report (星期二特写’s 我还年轻), we saw a Mr 林义发 running Ultra-Marathon! His feat needs him to run with minimum sleep over days to cover a distance up to 5 Marathions! His inspiration was to complete the run to support Charity. 我还年轻 (literally I am still young) showcases senior citizens who are young at heart, is still broadcasting every Tuesday on Ch8 1030PM.

Oh, we forgot to mention Mr Lin is 60 years already !

(image credit Tuesday Report)

Our blog is all about Family happiness and fulfillment, and this will be a challenge if Daddy or Mummy is sickly. Although Daddy is not planning to run a 42km Marathon soon, he has promised the kids to run and swim more frequently, but somehow his growing waistline seems to suggest otherwise ooops.

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Now Raffles Medical Group wants you to highlight who has inspire you to lead a healthier, fitter and happier lifestyle.

Maybe your kids have encourage you to stop smoking, or spouse wants you to go easy on sugar intake? Daddy told us IPPT was also a key factor to keep him (and countless NSmen) fit :p

Do summit your inspirational photos over at Raffles Medical’s fanpage.
Who is your Health Inspiration?

More details here :
– LIKE Raffles Medical Group fanpage first, then join the “You are my Health Inspiration” contest.
– If your photos are picked as one of the winners, stand to win USS tickets and health vouchers

Good luck and more importantly Good Health 🙂

What is Bone Marrow transplant?

If you browse through the obituaries, you will quickly realised that people who have passed on, are not necessary Old folks. When we are young and healthy, we tend not to think about illness, suffering or death.

Unfortunately, Cancer and diseases do not discriminate between young and old, the rich or poor. As a parent, we do not wish to see any child sick.

You might have spotted us on Straits Time and 联合早报 Wednesday (27Feb2013). Daddy was helping BMDP (Bone Marrow Donor Programme) to spread awareness about Bone Marrow transplant (骨髓移植).

Ten years ago (before SengkangBabies arrive), Daddy faced a lot of questions and uncertainties. With Mummy’s support, and a wish to do good (做好人), Daddy went ahead to donate his Bone Marrow.

** What Daddy can do today is to share his experience, spread more awareness and encourage more to be donors or volunteers.

The Questions

BMDP’s FAQ page will answer some of our doubts or even clear some myths.
1. What is Bone Marrow?
2. Why do we need to talk about Bone Marrow Transplant?
3. Is it safe to donate your Bone Marrow? Any side effects?
4. How is Bone Marrow extracted ?
5. How long does it take to recover?

More processes can be found at BMDP website. For example :
– what happens after you register?
– how is a Donor selected and how are the tissues matched ?
– how does Transplant requests reach BMDP?

Some traditional folks believe vitality might diminished after Bone marrow extraction.
Daddy went on to have four healthy kids after his donation 🙂

Video : BMDP is giving Hope, creating Miracles

The Numbers

Every day – 6 patients are diagnosed with blood-related diseases
Every Month – 30 requests to find matching Donors
Every Year – 50 Bone Marrow related operations in Singapore

Odds of being the chosen donor – 1 in 20,000
Within the family – 1 in 4

With a larger donor base, the probability of finding a match is higher.
BMDP is targeting 20,000 more donors over next three years.

It costs $150 to tissue-match each new donor.
How much do we need to register 20,000 new donors !

Save life, give Hope, giving back to society, do Good.
Whatever the reasons, all of us have the capacity to HELP.

How can we Help?

Be a Donor, or help as a volunteer during recruitment drives.
Your monetary donations will help to fund new donor’s tissue matching expenses.

BMDP’s contacts :
Email – admin@bmdp.org
Web – http://www.bmdp.org
Fanpage – http://www.facebook.com/bmdp.sg?fref=ts
Phone – 6327 1344

With Jane Prior, BMDP’s president. To quote Jane “BMDP is in the business of Miracles”.

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Through his actions, Daddy hopes to inspire the kids to do Good and contribute back to society too. Help SengkangBabies spread Bone marrow transplant (骨髓移植) awareness. Bring more HOPE to someone today.

a) You can read about Daddy’s 2002 experience here.

b) For those interested, do a image.google.com (search Bone Marrow) and you will have an idea of how Bone Marrow can be extracted. The pictures might make some uncomfortable, and please ignore the soup-tulong images :p

c) Did you know that a newborn’s umbilical cord contains rich Stem cells? If you are not banking the baby’s stem cells with a private institution, do consider
Singapore Cord Blood Bank (Public Cord Blood bank).