WMDD in Taiwan 世界骨髓捐贈者日在台灣
Unable to watch patients with blood disorder suffering in silence, after affirming that bone marrow transfer can save lives without harming the donor, Dharma Master Cheng Yen started the Tzu Chi Marrow Donor Registry, which rename to Buddhist Tzu Chi Stem Cell Centre on 30 April 2002.
To promote registry of Marrow Donors as well as awareness of World Marrow Donor Day, there are several activities among Taiwan. Tzu-Chi volunteers from around the island wide will hold activities within their communities from North to South of Taiwan.
To create awareness among the general public and decision-makers about being a stem cell donor, at the same time, to clarify some misconceptions about bone marrow donation such as bone marrow comes from the spinal cord and that donating would jeopardize their health, Tzu-Chi volunteers organise programs and invite blood stem cell donors, combine entertainment with knowledge of marrow donation elaborately. Those invited donors will come to show up to speak out how they become a cell donor and share their experiences.