FROM VOLUNTEER TO CEO
She started out as a volunteer at the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP), intending to give back to the group that had helped to match her son with a bone marrow donor.
Four years ago, Ms Jane Prior (below) became its chief executive.
Set up in 1993, the BMDP is a non-profit organisation responsible for building and managing Singapore's only register of volunteer donors. These donors are willing to donate their bone marrow and, more recently, their stem cells, to save the lives of patients with leukaemia and other blood diseases.
BMDP has overseen more than 500 successful bone marrow matches. It also provides a 365-day service to hospitals here to search the local register and, if necessary, partner registers around the world for a match.
The group launched a campaign this year in the hopes of recruiting 50,000 donors to add to its current 62,000 by 2018.
Anyone aged between 17 and 49 and in good health can sign up as a donor at www.bmdp.org.
A cheek swab kit and a form will be sent by post. A donor is asked to donate bone marrow only if he or she is found to be a match for a patient.