Bone Marrow and Leukemia Awareness MonthAugust 11, 2020
August in South Africa is known as Women’s month. However, August is also Bone Marrow and Leukemia awareness month that runs from the 15 August – 15 October.
The Sunflower Fund created in 1999, raises awareness on leukemia and bone marrow. The fund recruit’s donors and covers educational funds to teach the donors the importance of donating.
According to Medline Plus, bone marrow is the spongy tissue in some individuals that contains stem cells. The stem cells could develop to red blood cells that carry oxygen into the body. However, should there be abnormal white blood cells, this is identified as Leukemia.
Leukemia is then defined as a group of bone marrow diseases involving an uncontrolled increase in white blood cells (govt. 2020).
The Sunflower Fund emphasises the importance of awareness of these diseases because donors can be found. However, their biggest challenge is that there are a few registered donors whilst their mission is to save as many lives as possible.
It is important that people are aware of health diseases like leukemia and bone marrow disease so that those in need of transplants can be assisted. The opportunity to educate and promote awareness makes a difference.