CELEBRATING 1000 LIVES GIFTED
We are happy to announce that we have reached the next milestone in our life-saving mission. Yes, we have completed 1000 Blood Stem Cell Donations, which means that our DATRI donors have gifted 1000 lives, and have given patients with a life-threatening disease a second chance at life.
This is a proud moment for DATRI. These twelve years of DATRI’s journey were made possible only because of selfless donors who have donated and potential donors who have registered with us and are waiting for an opportunity to help someone in need. At this moment we take this opportunity to thank all our donors, doctors, lab technicians, volunteers, corporates, and supporters. We have continued to count on your support despite challenges.
“THANK YOU” to all our donors who have donated their Blood Stem Cells and gifted lives.
DATRI now has more than 4.8 lakhs registered potential donors and each of them is treasured. We take pride in the current potential donors but this isn’t enough for a diverse country like India. We have miles to go before we reach our vision of a minimum of 1 million donors in our database. Even then not every patient in need will get an opportunity to find a potential donor. Many more patients are waiting for their match with hope. We request you to register as potential donor if you haven’t done before, be our advocates, please spread this noble cause to your friends and family and encourage them to get registered with us.
Together, we are stronger. Together we can make a difference. And together, we can recruit more donors who can potentially save a life for patients suffering from blood cancer or thalassemia.
We also request monetary donations which will help us to recruit more donors so that patients will get a second chance at life.
Again, we would like to thank you all for your unconditional support and for being a pillar of strength.
1000 Collections MILESTONES
Our donor’s experience
Below is my Blood Stem Cell Donation experience, which I have recently completed. It was a straightforward, non-surgical and overwhelmingly positive experience, and I hope this blog encourages more potential donors to come forward and register with DATRI, India’s largest Blood Stem Cell donors registry!
Blood Stem Cell transplant also known as Bone marrow transplants are used in treating different types of blood cancers and fatal blood disorders.
This requires a perfect or near-perfect HLA-type match for donation to be viable. The probability of the match very rare, and relatives aren’t always a match and there is only a 25% chance…
When I got the call informing me that I was found to be a stem cell match, I wasn’t entirely convinced. Was this a legitimate request, was there any commercial angle to this, would they take my bone marrow? I spoke to a colleague who had lost his wife to cancer – for whom I had registered to donate. I spoke to my father in law who told me to go ahead.
The DATRI coordinator explained the process to me thoroughly. I did my own research and read up about it. While all of these went a long way to address my concerns, what ultimately convinced me was that it was for a six-year-old child, for whom a transplant with my blood stem cells may be a last resort.
Twenty-six-year-old Priya was found to be a Blood Stem Cell Donor Match for a 1-year-old boy suffering from congenital dyserythropoietic anemia in 2019. DATRI Blood Stem Cell Donors Registry team convinced her to donate Blood Stem Cell after many efforts. But, by the time she was convinced, the COVID pandemic took its stroll in India, and we had to hold on to the process as per the Transplant Center instructions.
In 2021, DATRI finally managed to plan the donation by doing her Master’s Health check-up and confirmatory typing as a first step…
Perhaps no donor to date has researched in as detailed a manner as Praveen Kumar did before agreeing to donate his Blood Stem Cells. He analyzed it from every angle possible–its medical, rational, spiritual, and philosophical implications. He spoke to many people, including doctors, family, friends, colleagues, members of the DATRI team, and more. He even enlisted his wife, an organic chemist, to look into and help him understand what the chemicals used in the GCSF injections do.” I’ve never even donated blood before. Till the last minute, I was terrified. But I also wanted to give it a try because of the way Balaji (from DATRI) explained it. He said it’s like giving birth to a child, which, being a man, I can’t. But I surely can provide life. So why not? I could try, I could try to understand the process.…