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Please help save my cousin's life - May 15, 2008, 01:01 PM

UPDATE:
Project Michelle - APA Marrow Donor Drive
When: June 12, 2008, 5pm - 8pm
Where:
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1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005(details in post #17)

So maybe this isn't a typical .net thread, but I'm trying to get this seen by as many people as possible, so I'm breaking free from my normal lurking status.

My cousin was, has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Michelle is 26 years old -- she is an incredible human being and friend. Michelle was first diagnosed in February 2007. This past week, we learned that Michelle has relapsed and her cancer has returned. She is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant



Michelle, a Chinese-Vietnamese American and Berkeley alum, urgently needs our help in giving her a new chance at life. She is undergoing chemotherapy at present but needs to find a match for her bone marrow transplant by June 21st.

Three Things You Can Do

1. Please get registered.

Getting registered is quick and requires a simple cheek swab and paperwork (10 minutes of your time). If you are actually a match, the donation process is VERY similar to giving blood.

We have created an organization called "Project Michelle" (www.projectmichelle.com) to increase the number of Asians registered in the bone marrow registry. Our goal is to enroll 15,000 Asians. Her match is most likely to come from a person of Asian descent, however, very few Asians are actually in the registry and this makes it very difficult for doctors to find them a match. This is why we need your help.

We are currently organizing drives nationwide, and I need you to get registered by visiting a local drive. Please check our website for information about drives in your area (http://www.projectmichelle.com/drives.html).

You can also get registered easily by ordering a home kit http://www.aadp.org/pages/register.php (free for ethnic minorities) or http://www.marrow.org/HELP/Join_the_Donor_Registry/index.html?src=ThxMom_Marrow (free for all ethnicities before May 19th). Please indicate in the additional notes box of your test materials "For Michelle Maykin. To be expedited.".

2. Organize a drive.

Organize a drive in your community (workplace, church, community center , etc.) http://www.projectmichelle.com/howtodrives.html.

At a minimum, please share this message with at least 20 people, and ask them to do the same. Please point your friends to local drives, ask them to get registered, and organize a drive in their own community.

Please use the power of your address book to spread this message today more than ever before, we can achieve broad scale and be part of a large online movement to save lives.


3. Learn more

To learn more, please visit (www.projectmichelle.com). The site includes more details on how to organize your own drive, valuable information about leukemia, plus FAQs on registering.

Thank you for getting registered and joining this effort to help Michelle win her fight against leukemia and for helping others who may face blood disorders in the future.

Best,

Michelle's family and friends


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FAQs on Bone Marrow Transplant

How do I know if I'm a match?
If you are found to be a possible match, you will be contacted by the National Registry or your local center. You will be presented with the option of proceeding to the next level of testing.

How my marrow is collected?

The most common procedure is peripheral blood stem cell collection. You are given injections to support overproduction of marrow, which is then released into your circulating blood. The cells are collected by removing blood from a vein in your arm during a simple procedure. This is very similar to donating blood isn't it amazing that it's that easy to save someone's life?!

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What's the likelihood that a non-asian will match? Would it waste the clinics time if I went to get tested and I'm Italian/Irish/German?
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What's the likelihood that a non-asian will match? Would it waste the clinics time if I went to get tested and I'm Italian/Irish/German?
You might not be able to save this particular person, but if you're found to be a match, you may have the opportunity to save someone else just as worthy.

I'm going to have to think about registering. Just knowing how grateful *I* was when my mother-in-law received 2 pints of donated blood (and yes, SHE was grateful, too), I can imagine how much a marrow transplant could mean. Great post. I never knew about this.


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Damn, I'm not Asian or I'd get registered for you!


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Good luck to Michelle and family. Thoughts and prayers and all that.
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I don't really think it matters if you are asian or not. If you match you match. Just like blood if you match the blood type you match no matter if you are black, white, asian, or indian. If the likelyhood of you matching increases because you are asian that is one thing, but if you match that is all that matters.


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What's the likelihood that a non-asian will match? Would it waste the clinics time if I went to get tested and I'm Italian/Irish/German?
Like others have said, matches can come from anywhere. The statistics for a match are only about 25% for family members and not much lower for general population. Lots of people are in need.

It's just a cheek swab kit and questionnaire that is mailed to you house, no need to go to a clinic.
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I'm not allowed to register with my rib issue As soon as I heal up, I'll be registering!
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Just requested my home test kit...free for me since I'm part Asian. I have also forwarded the link to my sisters, who are also (amazingly) part Asian .


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I am Chinese/Vietnamese. I'll take a look at it when I get home and register.
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My family just held a donor drive in Dallas. The marrow registry is now putting a rush on all registrations for Michelle Maykin. Please write this somewhere on your form "EXPIDITE: FOR MICHELLE MAYKIN" if you mail them in or let the staff know if you register in person. Otherwise, your sample will not be checked in time to save her life.

Huge thanks all who are registering and passing the word around.
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I'm waiting on my kit. Hope you find a match.

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Just ordered my kit. It's still free if you register by today (the 19th is the last day for the free kit). Hope you find a match for your cousin.


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