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 20171018牽髓之愛法緣深Bone Marrow Donation: A Pure, Unadulterated Love

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發表主題: 20171018牽髓之愛法緣深Bone Marrow Donation: A Pure, Unadulterated Love   周四 10月 26, 2017 7:54 am

20171018牽髓之愛法緣深Bone Marrow Donation: A Pure, Unadulterated Love

We see that on the stage, bone marrow donors and recipients met with one another with joy. While the donors give of their lives to save others' lives, some of their lives have also been changed. Take our donor Mr. Wu for example. He was heavily addicted to cigarette and alcohol.

"I tried many times, but I just couldn't quit smoking. "
"He used to drink a whole box of beer, namely 24 cans, a day. To him, beer was just like water. He said he would rather die than quit smoking or drinking. "
"After I became a matched donor, I decided to quit smoking and drinking. So, both the recipient and I would be benefited. "
"It seems that you've gained weight after quitting smoking and drinking. I saw your picture. You look so different now. "
"He's gained about 20 kg. "
So much?

"What's more, he can save up 500 US dollar a month because he no longer buys cigarettes, alcohol, or betel nuts. Is that right? "
"We also have a car thanks to him. "
"Why?"
"Because he's quit smoking and drinking. "
"I see. So you could have money to buy a car three years later.
Have you ever wondered who your bone marrow recipient is ?"

"No. I drank and smoke a lot. I wondered if my bone marrow could help?
Is my bone marrow good?"

"Yes, it really is.
You've brought hope to my life and my family. Thank you so much indeed. I don't know how to express my gratitude. All I want to say is "Thank you. "

He could make up his mind to quit those bad habits after he became a matched donor. Wondering the quality of his bone marrow, he humorously asked the recipient if it was good. Who is his bone marrow recipient? It's an outstanding teacher. For many years, the teacher suffered from his illness, struggling between life and death, and the donor was so determined to quit his bad habits to ensure the quality of his bone marrow.

The teacher has recovered very well. He's an outstanding teacher. With each graduation class, he has taught many students. This is truly remarkable. We also see Dr. Yeh attend our ceremony. Dr. Yeh is the director of CMU's Division of Hematology & Oncology.

"It's my third or fourth time to attend the ceremony. If my patients take part, I will surely be present as well.

I attend the ceremony also because I wish to thank the bone marrow donor in person.
I did my first bone marrow transplant at Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital. Back than, Tzu Chi had not established the bone marrow registry. So, I had no access to meet with the donors. Since then, I have performed countless bone marrow transplants in reliance on Tzu Chi's bone marrow registry. Yet, I still had no opportunities to meet with the donors.

So, I must attend the ceremony to thank them in person. I'm grateful to Tzu Chi. Without Tzu Chi, we couldn't have such a registry in Taiwan. I would also like to thank all the donors. With your help, doctors and medical institutes can save patients with your bone marrow. "

In addition, there was a bone marrow recipient form the U.S. There was also recipient from Suzhou, China. She brought her daughter to the ceremony.

"Thank you so much. Because of you, I have my mother back. Your blood flows in my mother's body. You're like a blood relative to me. Thank you. "
The little girl was deeply grateful. She sees the donor as her relative because he saved her mother's life. Without his help, she would have lost her mother. It was such a touching moment. I learned that the audience was moved to tears after listening to the stories. Such is sincere love.

If Tzu Chi didn't persevere in promoting bone marrow donation, there wouldn't be such a registry in Taiwan. Also, we have over 1,000 volunteers helping with the work related to marrow donation. Sometimes, there is a close match after years of effort, but the potential donor has moved away. Yet our volunteers will find the potential donor. Sometimes, they need to explain and try everything so the potential donors' family can agree.

Sometimes, a case will take a full year, and our volunteers always care for the donors out of their own pockets. Our medical team also needs to do tests and follow up over a long-term period. With patience and perseverance, our volunteers have encouraged potential donors who originally refused to donate their bone marrow until they were moved and consented to donate. They visit, care, and keep the donors company.

There are truly many touching stories, and behind each story, there is sincerity and love. In this age of advanced medical technology, although not all Tzu Chi members are doctors, they help our doctors to save lives. They always uphold the Dharma and live it out to save lives, inspire love, and nourish wisdom-life.

"I thank Master for founding Tzu Chi. I thank Tzu Chi members for establishing the bone marrow registry. I'm grateful to meet my life savior through Tzu Chi's bone marrow registry. I think the best way for me to pay back is to take good care of myself so I can pay love forward.

Before, when I was hospitalized, the doctor said that we had to prepare for the worst as I may not recover. Lying in bed, I vowed that if I could leave the hospital alive, I was going to become a Tzu Chi volunteer. I became certified at the end of last year.

Thank you for saving my life. Thank you. I'll pay forward the great love you gave me. I'll live my life to the fullest and give of myself with great love. After my brain surgery in 2014, I have not cut my hair. I'm going to donate it. "

"To help other cancer patients... "
Being saved, she has now joined Tzu Chi to promote bone marrow donation. See how the bone marrow donation program nourishes the recipient's wisdom-life and inspires them to walk the Bodhisattva Path.

"Many patients are still waiting for a match. Thank you for your love. I'd like to say "Thank you" on behalf of the patients who are still waiting. "

We must have faith in the idea of inspiring love in people by giving of ourselves with love first. The Dharma needs to cater the needs of the time. The Buddha spoke of donating one's head, eyes, marrow, brain, etc. to another. With the Buddha's teaching in mind, I insist on saving lives through advanced modern technology of organ or bone marrow transplants. And all this is possible thanks to Tzu Chi members' efforts in promoting organ and bone marrow donation.

I'm truly very touched to see this ceremony that was held in Kaohsiung. With so many people's lives saved, our efforts have truly paid off. Currently, our bone marrow donation program has been being carried out to save lives in 31 countries according to our latest data. In all, let us pay love forward through bone marrow donation.
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