On Friday 12 October 2012, you can show your support for leukaemia patients by wearing a Sunflower Fund bandana. The initiative is called National Bandana Day and money raised from the sale of bandanas helps the Sunflower Fund in building the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).
The SABMR helps find bone marrow stem cell donors for people who need a bone marrow stem cell transplant, such as those with leukaemia and other blood disorders and cancers. Because there are so many possible variations in stem cell matching, donor testing is an expensive exercise. Sometimes people who are willing to become a donor, don’t have the funds to pay for the initial testing and this is where funds raised from National Bandana Day assist.
Wearing a bandana on National Bandana Day also shows solidarity towards patients suffering from leukaemia, who lose their hair when undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Bandanas are available from Pick n Pay for R20 each. Go on, show your support