Last year 154 people donated a pint of blood at the Mandela Day Blood Drive, and this year they hope to top that number. All businesses in the Durban North area, as well as the Durban North community are encouragedto go along anddonate a life-saving unit of blood.
Potential stem cell donors need to be between the ages of 18 and 45 and in good health, they need to weigh over 50kg's with a BMI of <40. All it takes is two test tubes of blood to register as a donor and if you are ever lucky enough to be a match for a patient, the process of donating stem cells is similar to platelet donation, no invasive surgery is required.
In order to be a blood donor, one has to be16 years or older, weigh over 50kg, be in good health and lead a sexually safe lifestyle.
The Sunflower Fund is appealing to corporates and all members of the public to come forward and sponsor the cost of testing a new donor who could potentially save the life of a patient suffering with a rare blood disorder and in desperate need of a stem cell donor match. Without this match, a patient has no chance of survival.