Hundreds mark transplant service milestone
Hundreds of patients and staff celebrated more than 25 years of the Bone Marrow Transplant Service at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) on the weekend.
The significant milestone was celebrated at a community day for patients, their families and staff to commemorate the achievements of the service.
Cancer Care Specialist Dr Glen Kennedy said the event acknowledged 25 years of bone marrow transplant treatment at the RBWH and was an opportunity to connect with families, patients and community supporters.
“The service here in Metro North has treated almost 2,500 patients and is one of the largest adult and paediatric bone marrow transplant units in Australia,” Dr Kennedy said.
“We really wanted to acknowledge this anniversary of the service which has changed so many people’s lives.”
Patients and their families travelled across the State to commemorate the occasion and shared their stories and experiences.
Metro North Hospital and Health Board Chair Dr Paul Alexander helped to commemorate the service by taking part in a tree planting ceremony.
Former patient and ex-television newsreader Mike Higgins said it was important to acknowledge and thank supporters of bone marrow donation.
“It’s really important that we raise awareness of bone marrow donation so more people who desperately need a transplant can have their lives saved, like mine was.”
The AMBDR is always seeking new donors to help save the lives of people that need a transplant.
For more information go to www.abmdr.org.au