The Deputy Minister of National Defense Mr. Ioannis Kefalogiannis, visited today, Wednesday, December 20, 2023, the Volunteer Bone Marrow Donor Bank of the “Vision of Hope” Association, which is housed in the Children’s Oncology Unit “Marianna V. Vardinogianni – ELPIDA”, of the “Agia Sophia” Children’s Hospital. There he was welcomed by the Joint Governor of the “Aglaia Kyriakou” and “Agia Sophia” Children’s Hospitals and the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the “ORAMA ELPIDAS” Association, Mr. Emmanuel Papasavvasthe General Secretary of the “ORIAMA ELPIDAS” Association, Ms. Despina – Ino Konstantopoulou and the Scientific Director of the “ORAMA ELPIDAS” Association Professor Mr. Stelios Grafakos.
On the occasion of today’s International Day of Human Solidarity, Mr. Kefalogiannis became a bone marrow donor, together with his colleagues, considering the offering of life to a fellow human being the most essential form of solidarity. In this context, it was decided to further deepen the cooperation of the Ministry of National Defense with the “ORAMA ELPIDAS” Association, with the aim of informing and raising awareness about the issue of voluntary donation of hematopoietic cells and the importance of offering them to patients who need a bone marrow transplant and they are looking for the right transplant to regain their life. At the same time, the aim is to increase the number of Volunteer Bone Marrow Donors in our country, through the encouragement of the voluntary registration of Armed Forces executives and conscripts in the National and Global Volunteer Donor Archive.
The Deputy Minister made the following statement:
“On today’s significant day, which is the International Day of Human Solidarity, I decided to become a volunteer bone marrow donor, together with my colleagues, considering the offering of life to a fellow human being the most essential form of solidarity and symbolizing that the Armed Forces are next to society. Together with the Board of Directors of “VISION OF HOPE” we decided that in 2024 there will be a collaboration, in a year of solidarity for the Armed Forces. The aim is to send the message that the women and men of the Armed Forces as well as their families continue even more dynamically the social work they have been performing with great fervor all these years. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas and to say that through the information I received from the Hospital Management and the Vision of Hope I was really impressed by the great work that is being done and I am sure that the next ones will years there will be even greater possibilities.
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