Please Help Krisy

    2 February 2011, early morning

There is a pretty obvious blog post in the works, but before I write it up I wanted to post something for my brother. His friend Krisy desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. She’s younger than me and has cancer. You can help by registering to be a bone marrow and stem cell donor. Please read my brother’s message to me, below.

At the end of 2009, Krisy was working as a legal assistant and she and her boyfriend Dan had just moved into their first home together. What they didn’t know was that less than 2 weeks later, Krisy would be diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

After months of intensive chemotherapy, Krisy’s condition improved and she remained in remission for most of 2010. However, her leukemia recently relapsed and this time, Krisy needs a bone marrow transplant. Sadly, her family is not a match, so her hope now is to find a match from an unrelated donor. That’s why we need your help.

What can you do? All it takes is a simple and painless swab of the inside of your cheek.

Please register at an event being held on:

Thursday, March 3rd between 2:40 to 8:30pm
Donald Cousens Public School
315 Mingay Ave, Markham, ON (map)

You can also learn more and register yourself on www.onematch.ca, a bone marrow and stem cell donor matching network.

Why should you do it?

  • Minority groups are hugely underrepresented within the global stem cell network. Asians, for example, represent only 3.8% of potential donors. The likelihood of finding a match is from one’s own ethnic group. I am asking as a friend for you to register as part of this database; while you do not get to know or choose whom you donate to, you could potentially save a life, maybe even Krisy’s.

Who can do it?

  • Anyone between 17 and 50 years of age (covered under government health care, e.g. OHIP)
  • In good general health (click here for eligibility)

For more information and future events please visit our Facebook page.

Krisy is a girl with a sunny personality and a big heart. If you asked for her help for something, she would do just about anything for you … which is why we are trying to do the same for her.

Even if you are unable to register, please help us spread awareness and encourage others to join.

 

Comments

  1. Thank you

  2. People should know that even after you get tested and are put in the database, you still have the option to donate or not. And it’s just a swab, so being afraid of pain is no excuse for not getting yourself registered.

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