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Number of bone marrow donors through Tzu Chi tops 4,000

Number of bone marrow donors through Tzu Chi tops 4,000

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) The number of bone marrow donors through the Buddhist Tzu Chi Stem Cell Center (BTCSCC) had topped 4,000 as of Aug. 10, benefiting patients in 29 countries around the world. The figure was released in a statement issued by the BTCSCC, an organization affiliated with the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital in Hualien, eastern Taiwan. Since the BTCSCC was established in 1994, the number of bone marrow donors has been increasing year by year, BTCSCC Director Yang Kuo-liang (???) said, adding that his organization handles more than 300 bone marrow donors per year. In the first 10 days of this August alone, the BTCSCC received a total of 11 donations, Yang noted. Among them, Yu Hsin-lun (???), a college student from Taichung in central Taiwan, recalled that she became more courageous when she became aware that her bone marrow could save the life of an otherwise terminally ill person. "I hope that the person saved by my bone marrow can regain his or her health, be glad to give a hand to another person and be kind to animals," Yu said. Another donor, Chang Sze-fu (???), 50, said he felt happy to have the opportunity to save the life of another person and that he considers himself to be a lucky man. The superintendent of the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Kao Jui-ho (???), attributed the increase in the number of donors mainly to the growing popularity of the concept of bone marrow and blood donation in Taiwan, as well as improved care for the donors by volunteer staff. (By Lee Hsien-feng and Romulo Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-23 22:26 GMT+08:00