I’m 34 years old, hail from the Vietnamese community and am the proud mother of a 4-year old named Alice. Last January, I was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. I fought it and won. Momentarily. Now, the cancer has returned. I’m currently in the hospital receiving chemo treatment, and am awaiting a stem cell donation, be it through cord blood or a bone marrow transplant.
I need a compatible donor in order to save my life.
Less than 1% of the 25 million donors worldwide are Vietnamese. All ethnic communities are severely under-represented in the world donor bank, making finding a compatible donor very difficult for me and countless others who are currently waiting for a transplant (over 12 000 people). This is a global problem which affects all countries. 53 countries are part of a network connecting donors and patients, Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (bmdw.org). When donating stem cells, it could benefit anybody in the world.
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If ever you are a match for anyone in need of bone marrow transplant, this video explains how the donation process works.
Jeff talks about his experience as a Be The Match Registry® member and peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donor. PBSC donation is one of two ways to donate marrow.
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