Colin, Our Donor's Voice
A Video about A Donor

Personal gym instructor, Colin Gerard Santa Maria, signed up as a volunteer donor in 2008 and was found as a match earlier in 2016. Listen to Colin’s story to find out how personal tragedy drove this big-hearted donor to sign up, and what he sees as the “downside” of being a donor. It takes 1 out of 20,000 to be a bone marrow match. 


Colin first heard of blood disorder at the tender age of 14 years old when his cousin passed away as he was struck down with leukaemia. Fast forward years later, Colin's newphew who was going to be a personal training like him, leading a healthy lifestyle without drinking alcohol or smoking, also passed away at 19 years old as there were no matching donor. Thus, he signed up to be a volunteer bone marrow donor and the call (to donate) came a month after his nephew passed away. It was then he knew all too well that the patient would not survive without his life-saving blood stem cells (bone marrow).


When asked about his experience, he would say that he's being treated like a king and slept throughout the whole process. There were doctors and professionals with him, assuring him that he is well taken care of. He drove home after the donate, went back to gym on the same evening and went back to playing football the very next day! 


We need more volunteer donors like Colin onto our database so that more patients could be saved. Share this with your family and friends to help us spread the word on our life-saving mission.

You could save someone's life and turn it completely around, from misery and pain to hope and healing. All it takes is a little bit of time...

- Colin Gerard Santa Maria
PUBLISHED ON 15 October 2017
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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