On July 6th, the official People’s Daily WeChat reported the story of Zhejiang University-University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Institute (ZJUI) student Lu Bingbing's successful donation of 185 milliliters of hematopoietic stem cells. Let's take a look at her story together!
Lu Bingbing is from Cixi, Ningbo. She was born in 2000 and is currently a master’s student majoring in Energy and Power at ZJUI (2022 intake). At ZJUI, she finished her undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering and obtained the ZJU and UIUC degrees in 2022. She currently holds the top grade in her graduate courses and is concentrating on investigating advanced power semiconductor device packaging, a cutting-edge interdisciplinary topic in electrical engineering in response to the carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals. Lu Bingbing has long been passionate in promoting social welfare. She participated in offering teaching service as a volunteer in Gansu, a western province of China. Till now, her volunteer service hours have exceeded 180.
In May 2022, the university organized a voluntary blood donation event. Lu Bingbing volunteered to donate a sample for bone marrow stem cell donation after donating blood, and her information was registered in the China Bone Marrow Stem Cell Donor Database. Just nine months later, she successfully matched with a leukemia patient. She said, “I find it very meaningful to be able to save someone's life, free them from the torment of illness, and experience the beauty of life again. The successful match this time feels like winning the lottery. The donation process may have been a bit difficult, but it was just a normal thing that I could do. Sometimes, helping one person is helping a whole family.”
Lu Bingbing's father is a doctor, and under his influence, she believes that saving lives and treating patients is a sacred endeavor. She made the decision to assist the patient upon receiving the notification. The donation was set in May after Lu Bingbing's medical examination satisfied all requirements. On the morning of July 5th, at the First Affiliated Hospital of Ningbo University, Lu Bingbing successfully donated 185 milliliters of bone marrow stem cells, becoming the city's first "post-2000s" bone marrow stem cell donor.
“I wish the patient peaceful days in the future and a bright life to start as soon as possible!” Lu Bingbing cheers for the patient. At the same time, she also calls on more people to join the team of bone marrow stem cell donors and bring hope of life to more people in need.
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