Registering at a company donor drive three years ago changed the course of Capetonian, Jacques Conradie’s life.
Three years later he was matched with a patient – an act that saved a life.
“The company that I work for is very family-orientated, so whenever one of us are in need, we rally together and try to help in whatever way we can. At the donor drive, nearly all our staff registered in aid of finding our dear friend and colleague a match.”
Conradie lost his father to cancer, and so, the decision to become a bone marrow stem cell donor, was a very personal one.
“If anyone has lost a family member or friend to a blood disorder, you wouldn’t hesitate to help. Signing up to the registry, is something everyone should consider – it’s life-changing knowing that you were able to save someone’s life.
“While I was anxious about the actual bone marrow stem cell donation or ‘harvesting’ as it is referred to, it was relatively painless and was over within a few hours. The SABMR and nursing staff were so helpful and attentive to my needs that it ended up being a wonderful experience – one which I often share when given the opportunity.”
Conradie donated his bone marrow stem cells in Cape Town last year to a patient suffering from Aplastic Anaemia . While he is no fan of hospitals and needles, he knew that saving someone’s life far outweighed his fears.
“If you consider the impact that your decision to become a donor will have, regardless of the tests and screenings you have to go through, it’s absolutely worth it,” he encourages.
Conradie has put out a plea to anyone who is eligible to sign up to the SABMR.
“There are no words to explain the miracle of bone marrow stem cell donation and the ripple effect it can have on your life and the lives of others.
“It’s not just the ill patient you are saving who is touched by your act, but all the people who love them too. It’s a small act of kindness that creates such meaningful connections between people and one that extends across time. It’s something that I’ll cherish forever.”