|Monica is a loving mother, daughter, wife and teacher. She was diagnosed with acute leukemia after a routine pregnancy blood test, which confirmed she was 10 weeks along. After 7 years of trying, she and her husband were devastated to learn that their dream of adding on to their family was shattered. Monica’s cancer was extremely aggressive. She underwent intense chemotherapy and doctors told her she needed a bone marrow transplant for a chance at survival. Monica is half Korean and half Caucasian, her two siblings were not a match. Despite the odds of finding a compatible Korean or mixed donor, her family and friends never gave up. Monica was able to find a match and underwent a transplant in Fall 2012. She is recovering well. You can share words of support on her road to reovery by visiting Operation: Save Monica, here.|
|Jeremy is a precocious little boy, always curious and eager to share new things that he’s learned or discovered. In June 2012, Jeremy was abruptly diagnosed (at age 2) with a rare subtype of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Since diagnosis, Jeremy has endured innumerable needle pokes for blood draws, multiple bone marrow biopsies/aspirates, a surgical procedure to place a central line, and rounds of chemotherapy. Through it all he showed remarkable strength and resilience. Jeremy has touched many with his beautiful heart and vibrant spirit. Since Jeremy is Chinese his matching donor would likely be from an individual who is also Chinese or Asian descent. After months of undergoing medication and procedures, and searching high and low for a donor, Jeremy found a match and underwent a transplant. He is recovering well! In a most recent Facebook update from the family about Jeremy’s post-transplant, “Despite persistent nausea and some belly pain, Jeremy is doing well overall!”, “We’re be grateful for your prayers and +++ energy. Thanks!” Jeremy Needs You
|Kurt, 16, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) last November. He endured four harsh rounds of chemotherapy and experienced hair loss, mouth sores, muscle atrophy, and extensive fatigue. He fought his cancer into remission in mid-May. Unfortunately, he relapsed and his brother is not a match. Kurt is Chinese, which made his search for a compatible donor much more challenging. His continuous battle with leukemia and support from family and friends, Kurt found a donor and underwent a transplant. He is reportedly progressing with his health and recovering as expected. You can send you words of encouragement and prayers to Kurt, here|
|Timothy, was diagnosed with CGD (chronic granulomatous disease) at 2 months of age. CGD is a rare primary immunodeficiency disease. Which means Timothy is unable to fight off common everyday infections on his own. The only cure for this disease is a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. After a few years of struggle, unless support and prayers from family and friends, Timothy found a match! Timothy is on his way to full recovery! You can follow Timothy and his family’s post BMT journey, here.|
|In May 2009 Connor was diagnosed with X-linked Hyper IGM, a rare immunodeficiency that causes patients to succumb to liver cirrhosis or lung infection at an early age. Connor never complained about the monthly blood transfusions , stomach aches and other infections he’s had since he was born. Because of Connor’s ethnicity, Korean, his search for a donor was challenging. After years of waiting for a matching donor, Connor underwent a transplant. He is doing very well! Learn more about Connor: savingconnor.com/|
|Kyle, 4, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and searching for a marrow donor. He is half Chinese and half Caucasian, making his search for a match challenging.Kyle is a beautiful soul who has much more to give to this world. Register as a marrow donor today for Kyle and other patients searching for their life-saving match.
To find out more about Kyle and Kyle’s Campaign fundraising page for AADP click, here.
Please visit Kyle Needs Youfor more information and updates on Kyle.UPDATE: 05/2012 (from Kyle Needs You on Facebook)
We are happy to report that Kyle has continued to improve since the medication began working. The doctor visits are down to just once a week for lab work, and he has not had any transfusions since the beginning of March. Thank you to everyone for your enthusiastic support to help save Kyle, who has now returned to preschool full time!
|Jack, 23, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in July 2011. He desperately needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. After months of searching, Jack found an unrelated donor. He received his transplant in Spring 2012. He is recovering well. Stay up-to-date on Jack’s Facebook page, Save Jack from Leukemia, Facebook|
|Amit is a 32 year-old startup tech entrepreneur diagnosed with leukemia and searching for a marrow donor that could help save his life. His family and friends have tapped into the social media to encourage people to register as marrow donor. http://www.amitguptaneedsyou.com #iswabbedforamit|
|Anh(42) was diagnosed with Myelodysplatic Syndrome in February, 2009. Anh is a mother of two and has been married to her husband Josh for 20 years. Anh is no stranger to difficult situations. – at the age of 9, Anh managed to escape Vietnam War with her parents. Anh has her own medical practice and has delivered countless babies for many families. She is currently doing well.|
|Donating marrow can be as simple as donating blood: a simple, outpatient procedure. It’s the easiest and most profound way to save a life. With no help from anyone but God, once transplanted, your own cells flourish and grow inside the patient’s body and replace his or her sick cells with your healthy ones. It truly is a miracle and a testament to what we, as humans, are capable of.Today I felt the sun on my skin. I walked under a tree and shared a laugh with a friend. I embrace life and thank God everyday that I am alive and have a future to look forward to. All because one person on the other side of the world decided to do the right thing.saffronbutterflyfluttersby.blogspot.com/|