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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Let's be marrow donors!

Hey peeps, this is serious and important stuff. I got this email today about an Asian American who is fighting for his life. Jason is suffering from leukemia and medication is no longer working. He needs a marrow donor to stay alive but so far he has not found one. Although it is more likely for an Asian to be a suitable donor, people of all race and ethnicity are potential candidates.

I am going to go next weekend and get tested and see if I could be a donor and save someone's life. Hey, I've got like nine of them, so I can spare one or two :-) Here is Jason's email:

Hi Everyone,

I really need ALL OF YOUR HELP to save my life.

In January 2007, I was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), which is a cancer of the blood. I was able to take medicine the past two years to slowly cure the cancer, but recently, the medicine stopped working. The doctor switched me to another drug, but that failed as well. Now the only option for me is to find a match for a bone marrow transplant. There are two things working against me on this. At present, there's no direct match for me in the National Bone Marrow registry. Secondly, the highest likelihood of a match is from an Asian donor…and unfortunately, Asians represent less than 10% of registrants across the world.

I am working with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches in organizing a bone marrow drive on May 17th, between 3pm - 6pm at the following location:

Almansor Park (under the tents where the tables are)
800 S. Almansor Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801

Please come to the drive. Your help can really make a difference. And please forward this email to your friends, family, co-workers, church groups, other affiliations, etc. and encourage them to come out.

I appreciate any help you guys can provide, I hope to see everyone there, God Bless.

Jason Chen


Pei said...

My friend's brother signed up to be a marrow donor, and a few months later he got a call saying he was a match. However, donation is pretty painful and very tiring, and he had a fireman's exam coming up. So he told them to call his twin brother, and he was a match too!

Lesson: it's nice to have a spare of yourself. Let's all clone ourselves!

Cat said...

I remember you telling me about it. I've always hesitated because of the pain and stuff... but when someone is about to lose their life and you may be their last hope... how can you say no? So happy it worked out with his twin brother!

Anonymous said...

so characteristic of you, cat.. you will live a blessed life!


Cat said...

Awww, u so sweet H!

elx88 said...

I was doing some google research and I stumbled upon your blog. Jason is a close friend of mine and I just want to let you know that the location of the drive has been moved to:

May 17th
Almansor Park (under the tents where the tables are)
800 S. Almansor Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Thanks for posting this event on your blog. Your efforts is truly appreciated.

Cat said...


Thanks for letting me know.