Catch of the Day for a Patient!
“As a teacher, it’s our role to instill positive values in our students. That means doing what you can to help people and putting others before yourself..."

Fishing enthusiast and secondary school teacher, Nicholas Ong, never imagined he would be the catch of the day for one lucky patient in need of a life-saving bone marrow match. Yet 10 years after signing up to the volunteer bone marrow donor register, he received the call.

 

“I couldn’t believe it when they told me I was a match but knowing what a positive impact I could have on another person’s life, I could only say yes!”

 

Nicholas originally signed up to the register following a call out from a friend whose brother was diagnosed with Leukaemia. He was on a softball team at the time and to show their support and do the right thing, Nicholas together with many other members of the team all registered as volunteer bone marrow donors.

 

“I imagine for a patient needing a bone marrow transplant, it’s like fishing without bait and the situation must seem absolutely hopeless when everything is pinned on the kindness of strangers for a second chance at life” he muses.

 

“As a teacher, it’s our role to instill positive values in our students. That means doing what you can to help people and putting others before yourself. I think bone marrow donation is exactly that, so when I learned I was a match, I was very pleased to be able to lead-by-example and be a role model for my students -  it was the right thing to do.”

 

Nicholas chose the Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSC) method and was amazed at how smooth the whole process was. Although he didn’t feel like he needed to take medical leave on the day after, his school insisted for him to take a rest. So, Nicholas was back in school teaching PE and running around with the kids after one day of rest.

 

Reeling in a prime catch is an amazing feeling, but the feeling of having saved a life, tops it all. He’s proud and grateful to have been able to step up to help someone in need and would do it again should there be another chance.

PUBLISHED ON 28 February 2018
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Registering to become a bone marrow donor means committing to be there when you get the call to give life. Each registrant provides hope for those waiting. A person could, however, be a match within a few months of registering, a year later or even seven years later.
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