The Alp Şen Foundation was initiated by Alp Ali Şen with his friends and teacher. The Enka iyİLİK Project was founded in 2014 by his parents, Begüm and Adnan Şen, to keep the memory of him alive and to reproduce the unique beauty he left to the world with his natural kindness and loving heart towards people in need of help.
As Alp Şen Foundation, we work devotedly to support our children needing bone marrow transplantations. We are very grateful to all our friends who have stood by and helped us walk this path. Without you, we would not have been able to reach so many.
Today, we would like to inform you that the name of our foundation goes beyond the borders of Turkey. Giorgio Armani, one of the leading names in the fashion world, has donated the proceeds from the event he held in Los Angeles, which we are very grateful for. We send our sincere gratitude to all our supporting friends, especially Giorgio Armani, who supported us with this special event.
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We will be talking about marrow donation with Saba Tümer and her guests. Hope to meet you in this special chat that will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 14:00 at Akasya Shopping Center 1st Floor .
As a result of the successful work carried out in the Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory, which was established after the successful cooperation between the Alp Şen Foundation and IU Faculty of Medicine, a bone marrow transplant was successfully performed from a voluntary donor to our patient whose tissue type was suitable in November 2017. We would like to express our gratitude to the esteemed professors of IU Faculty of Medicine, who have been a remedy for one of our patients for the second time since we started cooperation.
Laboratory, which was established after the successful cooperation between the Alp Şen Foundation and İstanbul University’s Faculty of Medicine, was presented to the international medical world at the 31st Immunogenetics and Tissue Compliance Conference held in Germany for tissue typing laboratories in Europe.
We would like to express our gratitude to the valuable lecturers of İstanbul University Faculty of Medicine who achieved this successful result.
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We are celebrating the first year of our Laboratory that started its operations with the contributions of, starting with, Alp, his friends, teachers, donors and of the valuable professors of the Faculty of Medicine of İstanbul University and we wish it to exist for many more years to come.
"ALP ŞEN Tissue Typing and Genetic Research Laboratory", which we opened on May 24, 2016 in line with the establishment purposes of ALP ŞEN FOUNDATION, has completed its first birthday.
All consumables and kits of the fully equipped laboratory were supplied by our Foundation on time and the laboratory's operations were carried out without interruption.
Thanks to the devoted efforts of the Istanbul University’s Faculty of Medicine Bone Marrow Bank officials, the results obtained were reflected in the database and became a source of hope for the patients. The database is created for the use of all national and international needs, especially for the use of children.
Our goal is to strengthen the laboratory with new investments and to increase its functions. We will continue to work with all our strength for this.
We would like to express our endless gratitude to Rector Prof Dr. Mahmut Ak, Dean Prof Dr. Bahaüddin Çolakoğlu, Head Physician Prof Şükrü Öztürk, Bone Marrow Bank Managers Prof Dr. Filiz Aydın and Prof Dr Fatma Savran Oğuz for their interest and efforts.
We would like to express our endless gratitude to all the companies, their very valuable managers and employees for their financial and moral support and the diligence they have shown to make this day special at the opening of the Istanbul Medical Faculty Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory on May 24, 2016.
The companies that supported the opening of the Istanbul Medical Faculty Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory are
İstanbul University’s Istanbul Medical Faculty Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory opening ceremony was held on May 24, 2016 by İstanbul University Prof. Dr. Held in Aziz Sancar Amphitheater. The Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetic Research Laboratory established with the protocol signed between the Alp Şen Foundation and İstanbul University’s Istanbul Medical Faculty gave hope to patients awaiting bone marrow transplantation. İstanbul University Rector Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ak, Dean of İstanbul University’s Istanbul Faculty of Medicine Prof. Dr. Bahaüddin Çolakoğlu, Ali Şen, Adnan and Begüm Şen, Hülya Koçyiğit, Neslişah Alkoçlar, Okan Bayülgen, Kaya Çilingiroğlu and many names from the business and art world attended the Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory opening ceremony opened in the name of Alp Şen, son of Begüm-Adnan Şen couple, who died at the age of 17 as a result of a traffic accident in Şile
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Rector Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ak mentioned the activities of IU Istanbul Medical Faculty Bone Marrow Bank; and said, “The purpose of Bone Marrow Bank of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine is to reach the most suitable donor candidate as soon as possible, for those undergoing treatment in Turkey and all around the world and for the patients having a bone marrow transplant is of vital importance and to ensure the healthiest operation of the transport organization. Istanbul Medical Faculty Bone Marrow Bank has contributed to bone marrow transplantation for 735 patients with the devoted work of our staff since 2008. Thanks to the donations made by various volunteer organizations during the service period, 5000 volunteer donors were added to our database. Thanks to the Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory established with the valuable contributions of Alp Şen Foundation and the kit materials they provide, we aim to give hope to more patients in a shorter time by further strengthening our database in a very short time.
In his speech, Ali Şen said, “They bought tissue typing kits from abroad and with donations on the way they started with the name of Enka Goodness Project. After Alp passed away, we established the Alp Şen Foundation in November 2014 in order to extend a helping hand to our children and people who are waiting for a bone marrow transplant. Istanbul Medical Faculty Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory will be a beacon of hope for patients with leukemia and severe blood diseases.
Begüm Şen talked about the efforts of Alp Şen and his friends in her speech. Mrs. Şen said, “Alp and his friends planted a seed, everyone joined forces in the sprouting of this seed. These seeds will continue to grow in every life that heals.
Adnan Şen said: “I was surprised when he explained the project. When I was at that age, I had no idea of reaching out to those in need or getting together for them. We wanted this to be permanent.”
IU Istanbul Faculty of Medicine Bone Marrow Bank aims to be a ray of hope for many patients who are waiting for bone marrow, with the goal of 30 thousand tissue typing analysis per year, thanks to this laboratory that was established for the first time. Until now, tissue typing analysis of only 500-1200 volunteer donors could be performed in a year at IU Istanbul Medical Faculty due to the insufficiency of the kits to perform the analysis. Equipped with the latest technology used in this field in the world, the laboratory will enable patients to find donors and bone marrow transplants in a much shorter time.News by Sibil GÜLÜSTANYAN
The Alp Şen Foundation, which was established to continue the İyİLİK project initiated by Alp Ali Şen with his friends and to extend a helping hand to patients awaiting bone marrow transplantation, especially children, is implementing the "Istanbul Medical Faculty Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetic Research Laboratory". Istanbul Medical Faculty Bone Marrow Bank will be a ray of hope for many patients who are waiting for bone marrow, with the goal of 30,000 tissue typing analysis per year, thanks to this laboratory that was established for the first time.
Alp Şen Foundation, which works to raise awareness about prevention and treatment of childhood diseases, to support children in need, and to ensure that more children have access to quality education opportunities, is implementing its first project. The "Istanbul Medical Faculty Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory", which was opened on May 16 with the agreement signed by the foundation with Istanbul University, serves patients from all over the country and the world, especially children in need of bone marrow transplantation.
With the opening of the "Istanbul Medical Faculty Alp Şen Tissue Typing and Genetics Research Laboratory", a private laboratory working for the Istanbul Faculty of Medicine Bone Marrow Bank will be launched for the first time. Until today, only 500-1200 volunteer donors could be analyzed within the body of Istanbul Medical Faculty due to the insufficiency of the kits to perform tissue typing analysis. For this reason, Istanbul Medical Faculty Bone Marrow Bank had reached 28 thousand volunteer donors in 16 years since its establishment in 1999.
We congratulate ÇABA Association, with all our heart, for this magnificent project that opened today, the Florya Child Support Center, which was established to help our children living in bad conditions to live in better conditions by meeting their shelter and rehabilitation needs. The fact that this center will be named with the name of our dear son, Alp, cannot be explained in words. We are grateful for them to be with us to sustain and reproduce the beauties she left to the world ...Thanks God , you are with us.. . You, good-hearted friends, it makes us proud to be on the road to goodness with you.
The introduction of the book "Alp's Garden of Goodness (Alp’in İyİLİK Bahçesi)" written by Ceyda Yılmaz, one of the architects of the "Enka Goodness Project", who is also a biology teacher at Enka Schools and is one of the fundamental workers of our Foundation. To keep the memory of our beloved ALP alive, the signature day will be held on Saturday, October 10, at 15:00, at the Kozyatağı Cultural Center Conference Hall, with the support of Kadıköy Municipality. We are waiting for you, our dear friends, to join us on this important day.
Pamukova 1968 Sports Club, which is in the Sakarya Super Amateur League and aims for the Regional Amateur League (BAL), plays matches with the Alp Şen Foundation logo on it. Pamukova 1968 executives said in their statement that "it is not possible to replace Alp, but you can accept all our footballers as Alp."
On Saturday, September 19, 2015, we organized the World Donor Day celebrations with the cooperation of Alp Şen iyİLİK Project team and Istanbul Faculty of Medicine Bone Marrow Bank. We are proud and happy that we took one more step in the name of bone marrow donation by celebrating the event that took place at the Istanbul Medical Faculty Kemal Atay Amphitheater at the same time with all the world's marrow banks.
Alp Şen iyİLİK Project was introduced during the event, and a presentation was made by Defne Alver and Nesrin Kianni, the project leaders, on conscious voluntary donation. Prof. Dr. Fatma Oğuz Savran and Prof. Dr. Sevgi Kalayoğlu Beşışık shared some ideas on donation of stem cells, bone marrow banking, and the situation of the bone marrow banks in Turkey and in the world. Following the speeches, which included the questions of the participants, blood samples were taken from the volunteers for marrow analysis.
During the cocktail, the book titled iyİLİK Garden of Alp, written by Ceyda Yılmaz, the project coordinator teacher, was sold and Ceyda Yılmaz signed her books. The revenue obtained was donated to the Alp Şen foundation in order to support the new marrow matching laboratory to be established within the body of Istanbul University Bone Marrow Bank.
Alp Şen Foundation Signed an Agreement with Istanbul University to Establish a New Marrow Matching Laboratory.
With the "New Generation Sequencing Unit" to be established with this agreement that is signed between the Alp Şen Foundation and Istanbul University, the current test capacity, which is 3,500 per year, will increase to 23,500.
The agreement was signed by Adnan Şen, on behalf of the Alp Şen Foundation, and by Prof. Dr. Şükrü Öztürk, Chief Physician of Istanbul University’s Istanbul Medical Faculty Hospital. Istanbul University’s Istanbul Medical Faculty Bone Marrow Bank Coordinator Prof. Dr. Fatma Oğuz and Alp Şen Foundation Board Member Famil Aydın also attended the ceremony.
Thus, the biggest step was taken within the scope of the original goodness project initiated by our beloved ALP with his school friends under the leadership of Biology Teacher Ceyda Yılmaz.
Alp’s Kindness Garden: A very heartfelt and valuable book.
To keep our beloved son’s memory alive.
The architect of Kindness Project, in which our dearly beloved son was involved, and also our Alp’s dear teacher Ceyda Ateş, has wished to share the Kindness journey they embarked together with Alp and her feelings in a unique book.We thank Ceyda Ateş for sincerely and unrequitedly sharing her deep memories and feelings, which are worth a treasure to us, in the Alp’s Kindness Garden Book. We have founded Alp Sen Foundation to carry on Alp’s helpfulness by helping thousands of patients and children who are waiting for ‘Marrow’.
Our dear Ceyda Teacher, with her book filled with memories and feelings, has once more reminded us we are following Alp’s steps on the path to Kindness. We believe that using the revenues generated from the sale of this book towards Alp Sen Foundation, will make these memories and shared feelings valuable not only for us, but also for larger masses.Begüm & Adnan Şen
“Alp Şen iyİLİK Project” team has studied and provided the necessary budget about Tissue Analyzing, currently one of the most urgent issues that needs to be solved for Bone Marrow Transplant. Also, as of this year, we decided to increase our target for the voluntary donation and on Monday, March 2, an event was organized at Enka İbrahim Betil Oditorium for this purpose. After the presentation, emphasising conscious voluntary donation, blood samples were taken from the volunteers with the help of a specialized team from Istanbul Univercity İstanbul Medical School Bone Marrow Bank.
Defne Samyeli has created a big interest with her impressive speech at the event that Begüm Şen, Defne Samyeli, Gülşah and Neslişah Alkoçlar has supported. We also felt stronger with the valuable participation of Pertevniyal High School and would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this study on which approximately 40 workers had given blood donations.
As Alp Şen Foundation, our work towards restoring more efficient conditions and helping to accelerate responses to bone marrow need in Istanbul University Marrow Bank has been in progress.
During today’s meeting, we have reviewed technologies and work processes used by bone marrow banks on national and international level; determined the equipment and supplementary technologies which will be used for Marrow Bank to operate more efficiently. We have been carrying on discussions with other firms together with the well-beloved Marrow Bank Coordinator Prof.Dr. Fatma Savran Oğuz. Our goal is for Istanbul University Marrow Bank to reach the capacity of giving more patients hope by restoring to efficient conditions as soon as possible.
Under the scope of “ENKA Kindness Days” which took place on 20-22 November, activities such as cupcake and t-shirt sales throughout the school, Alp Ali Şen memorial ceremony and an organization called “ENKA iyİLİK Gathering” were realized. These events were very successful and beneficial with the support of 20 students under the guidance of Biology teacher Ceyda Yılmaz.
An olive tree was planted on Thursday November 20th during the short memorial service convened for Alp Ali Sen. During this meaningful ceremony which was also realized with the participation of Sen family, 12th grade students read Nazim Hikmet’s “On Life” poem and made clear that they did not forget Alp and will remain together to carry his name to eternity. During Enka Kindess Day, t-shirts, cupcakes, bookmarks and souvenirs were sold at 4 stands across the High school, Middle school, Elementary school and kindergarten. It was quite exciting to see elementary school students who made a substantial profit from the sales gaining dominance over the project and following their elders’ steps.
As for “Enka Kindness Gathering” which took place on Saturday, November 22nd, with the participation of 150 individuals from different schools, accomplishments and future goals of “Alp Sen Kindness Project” were expressed. During this event, which was organized to inspire all schools to start a Kindness project within, very positive feedbacks were received. Many schools shared their action plans with us and took the next step to open a club in their school. At the same event, a panel called “Problems faced during Marrow transplant process and solution proposals” moderated by Okan Bayulgen and with the participation of Prof. Dr. Mustafa Çetiner, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali Özcan, Prof. Dr. İrem Yaluğ Ulubil, Prof. Dr. Fatma Savran Oğuz, Defne Samyeli, Engin Altan Düzyatan and Bahadır Akbaş was realized. The subject was discussed thoroughly and in all aspects which was very beneficial towards creating awareness. It was very sublime and joyous to hear that our panel participants were ready to participate in the next events and that almost every guest was willing to do their best in order to give their support.
During Enka Kindness Gathering which was hosted by Alp Sen Kindness Project on November 22nd we have participated in “”Problems faced during marrow transplant and solution proposals” panel. We were together with Dear administrators of Enka Schools, our dear teacher Ms. Ceyda Yilmaz, school friends of our beloved Alp, our pride; young heroes who dedicated themselves to the project, the voluntary supporters of Alp Sen Kindness Project; Dear Okan Bayulgen, Dear Prof.Dr. Mustafa Çetiner, Dear Prof. Dr. Fatma Savran Oğuz, Dear Prof. Dr. İrem Yaluğ Ulubil, Dear Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali Özcan, Dear Engin Altan Düzyatan, Dear Defne Samyeli, Dear Bahadır Akbaş and all soul friends who did not leave us alone and participated in the event. Every support given to our Foundation is very meaningful and unforgettable for us. For Kindness…
We wholeheartedly thank our dear teacher Prof. Dr. Mehmet Özcan for helping us create awareness by giving such valuable information during the event hosted on 14 November 2014 by our sister foundation Hayat Paylaşım ve Dayanışma Derneği who invited Alp Şen Foundation.
We express our gratitude to Alp Sen Kindness Project for giving meaning to our efforts as always; notably to their dear teacher Ceyda Yilmaz and to all golden hearted young adults. We pride ourselves on supporting you at all times. The memory of our beloved Alp will live by growing stronger each day.
Dada Dandinista is Okan Bayulgen’s new show which will air on Star Tv on Saturday nights. The show will air at 23:30 with Alp Sen Kindness Project as one of the guests.
We wish Okan Bayulgen who undertakes an important mission in the name of raising consciousness and awareness about marrow transplant, all the success in his show believing he will put his signature under important successes.
Alp Şen Kindness Projest was in Kanyon on November 2nd Sunday to support Cancer Fighters.
At the event open to all volunteers to support patients and their relatives and to fight cancer together, Cancer Fighters surprised everyone by a group dance. The young heroes of Alp Şen Kindness Project were beside them to create awareness and to share this moment.