Myth-busting Science Tutor Saves a Life!
A Feature on Bone Marrow Donor Wilson

Full-time science tutor Wilson Quek did not think twice when asked to save a stranger’s life – even with a baby due any day!

Meaningful thing

Approached by the BMDP in 2006, science tutor Wilson Quek was keen to sign up as a donor especially after discovering it was just a 2-minute process (via cheek swab) and his bone marrow could be donated to any patient.


“Before that, I never knew I could actually donate my bone marrow to someone other than a family member. I was delighted!”


Fast forward seven years and Wilson was even more delighted to get a call telling him that he was a match. Despite his scheduled harvest date (February 2013) being very close to the due-date of his third child, he was more than happy to proceed with the donation. “My mother and wife were very supportive but had concerns about the time frame,” said Wilson. “I told them that it’s such a meaningful thing to be able to save someone’s life and now that I have the chance, I should definitely go ahead and do it.

Donating was a special, and maybe once-in-a-lifetime experience and if I have a chance to donate again, I would definitely do it.

- Wilson

In any event, by the time my boy was delivered, one month after the bone marrow donation, I was fully recovered and perfectly fit to help looking after him and my wife.”


To this heroic father of three young boys, the fear of pain associated with bone marrow donation is just a myth and he urges people to get their facts right. According to Wilson many of his friends and colleagues were very negative when he shared his decision to be a bone marrow donor and tried to put him off with lots of negative and in the final count, totally misleading information.


“I was thrilled to be a match and now that I have three children of my own, I really understand the value of a life. Backing out on the commitment I made when I signed up was never an option and I hope that anyone in the same position would carry through to give that one chance of survival to another person”.


So what’s next after bring a hero? For Wilson he is looking forward to the chance to meet the patient whose life he saved – not because he needs any thanks, but to connect with the one special person who gave him a chance to really do something extraordinary.


“Donating was a special, and maybe once-in-a-lifetime experience and if I have a chance to donate again, I would definitely do it.”


What a guy!

PUBLISHED ON 21 February 2014
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.
How to register?