A fellow Gaginang wanted to bring attention to the need for more Asian Americans to register to be a bone marrow transplant donor, helping to hopefully save many lives of those with leukemia. This is his message and I hope you will register if you qualify to be one. I tried but unfortunately looking at the requirements, I could not listed as a donor.
Janet Liang, a recent UCLA graduate, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on August 24, 2009. As of now, she has only two more months to find a matching bone marrow transplant donor before it's too late. Finding a match is most likely found within the same ethnic group. Unfortunately, more than 50% of all Asian Americans who are stricken with leukemia are left to suffer and die because they cannot find a matching donor in time. That’s because only 7% of all Asian Americans are on the National Registry.
The best way you can help out is to register yourself as a bone marrow donor. You can do this at one of your local bone marrow/stem cell donor drives. It’s really easy and painless—just a swab of your cheek with a q-tip. If you can't make it to one of the scheduled drives, you can also register on marrow.org with the promo code: teamjanet to get a free mail-in kit. A mail-kit takes about two weeks to process, but registering at your local drive is immediate and preferable.
Once you are registered, please spread the word to all of your Asian friends (or anyone who can help) by forwarding them this information, passing out flyers, hosting your own drive, or helping in whatever means possible. It’s very easy to host a drive. You can host one at your church, college, company, or at any large gathering of people. There will be a whole support network of volunteers and recruiters to help you get set up in your area. Lets be creative.
Still confused? Instructions on how to help and more information about Janet can be found in the following links below.
Aadp.org (Asian American Donor Program)
marrow.org (Be The Match Marrow Registry)
a3mhope.org (Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches)
http://bit.ly/x6Yua4 (Janet’s personal plea video)
http://bit.ly/zXQmcy (Team ISA video)
http://bit.ly/s9jbGD (List of International Registries for those overseas)
janetgliang.com (Janet’s Blog)
http://bit.ly/wsdGpI (Daily Dot article)
Thank you so much for your attention. Janet has been such a huge inspiration for the Asian-American community of leukemia patients. Lets take the time to pray for Janet, her family, and her friends. Keep her in your thoughts. Your efforts, no matter how big or small, can inspire hope in Janet and many others who are currently in pain and suffering.