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While most teenagers in the small East Coast town of Kawerau were worrying about the school ball and their next rugby game, 16-year-old Mikaera was fighting an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

The New Zealand Bone Marrow Donor Registry (NZBMDR) is in need of more males with Maori, Pacific Island or any other NZ ethnic minority group ancestry to consider becoming a bone marrow donor.

59-year-old Chris Putwain gives a new meaning to the saying ‘blood, sweat and tears’, as he works towards his goal of completing an awe-inspiring feat of endurance - 12 marathons over the course of 2015.

Every day, 135 New Zealanders need blood or blood products and for many, it quite simply means the difference between life and death.

While 28-year-old financial advisor Daniel Johnson was giving blood one day, he had a chat with one of the NZBS blood transfusion nurses about bone marrow donation.

Auckland Girls Grammar School (AGGS) students were recently given a ‘backstage pass’ tour of New Zealand Blood Service’s Epsom Donor Centre, to witness firsthand the journey that donated blood goes on, after learning about blood testing in the classroom.

The Board of New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has appointed Samantha (Sam) Cliffe as its new Chief Executive Officer from April 20th, replacing Fiona Ritsma who spent eight and a half years at the helm.

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