In 2001, a woman working as an X-ray technician in a dental office in Yerevan did one small thing that today, has made a huge difference in the world: she showed up at an ABMDR recruitment drive and registered.
Varduhi, the mother of two adult children and a grandmother, did not know then that she would, indeed, become a life-giving force to someone completely unrelated to anyone in her family, in another country.
When the ABMDR discovered she was a potential donor match for a woman in Greece fighting for her life, Varduhi knew she wanted to help. After a detailed examination and evaluation process, the ABMDR found her to be clinically healthy, and personally committed to being a donor. Varduhi made clear to the ABMDR staff that she felt privileged to fulfill her moral values, to help a person whose life was in danger. Her son and daughter enthusiastically supported their mother’s decision to be a donor.
On January 12, Varduhi had her stem cells collected in Ulm, Germany for transplantation to the patient. That one small decision 8 years ago to register with the ABMDR has resulted in the biggest contribution anyone could make in this world: saving someone’s life.