Friday 15 September is Sunflower Day, a campaign to make a difference to patients in need of a blood stem cell transplant.
People can purchase a sunflower TOPE (Tube of Hope) which helps raise funds to cover the tissue-typing costs involved in adding donors onto the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).
The Sunflower Fund raises funds and awareness around the need for stem cell donors, explains CEO Alana James.
The fund has set a record of 200 blood donations on Friday and will also be urging people to register as blood stem cell donors at the Century City precinct.
On Friday, Pippa Hudson's Show will host a special outside broadcast from Century City, in partnership with both the Sunflower Fund and Western Province Blood Transfusion Service.
The chances of a stem cell match is 1 in 100 000, which is why more donors are needed to sign up.
Every donor on the registry is giving a hope of light to another human.— Alana James, CEO of the Sunflower Fund
That's for patients who are diagnosed with a blood disorder where their only chance of survival is finding a stem cell match.— Alana James, CEO of the Sunflower Fund
27-year-old Adrew Melck became a recipient of a stem cell donation after being diagnoised with Leukemia in 2015 and shared the story of how the stem cell donation changed his life.
Small changes make a big difference at the end of the day.— Adrew Melck, ambassador of the Sunflower Fund
Haematologist and oncologist Dr. Shahroch Nahrwar explained the donor criteria required to qualify and explored the popular misconceptions.
Myth 3: They will drill into my bones! False! The live-saving bone marrow stem cells are found in your blood stream. #SunflowerDay2017— CapeTalk on 567AM (@CapeTalk) September 14, 2017
Visit the Sunflower Fund website to learn more.
Take a listen to the Sunflower Fund bust myths about stem cell donation: