Last year at this time, I wrote on the blog about my sister Nora’s 25th Anniversary as a cancer survivor. Nora fought acute lymphocytic leukemia as a baby, and at four years old received a bone marrow transplant from me. The bone marrow saved her life and now you have a chance to save someone else’s life by registering as a bone marrow donor. All it takes is an online form and a cheek swab – no blood drawn or painful procedures. If you’re already registered, thank you, please update your contact information and spread the word.
My friend’s friend, Janet Liang, is currently battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She has only two months left to find a donor, you can not wait to register, especially if you are Asian American. Bone marrow is trickier to match than blood type and the best matches are those with the same ethnic background. Asian Americans are underrepresented in the registry, so if you know someone who is Asian American, please encourage them to register (after registering yourself of course!).
Ways You Can Help:
– Join the Registry. You can do this for free with Janet’s special promo code- it’s quick, painless, and you could potentially be saving a life.
– Host a Drive. Hosting a bone marrow/stem cell donor drive is one of the most effective ways to reach the local public. Only 7% of Asian Americans are registered in the National Registry. These in-person drives are essential to finding potential matches for patients in need like Janet.
– Donate. All generous donations will be used towards furthering the goals of “Helping Janet,” such as helping fund bone marrow drives.
– Help Spread the Word. You could spread the word through emailing friends and family, spreading the word to someone influential to save Janet, promoting her through Facebook or Twitter, or blogging or writing articles about her.
– Volunteer. You can help volunteer at a bone marrow drive and raise awareness about Janet or one of the other 6,000 patients looking for a match.