Mama’s Interview on Omni News to promote upcoming 3/27 Stem Cell Drive

零六年十二月一次例行身體檢查, 變成了華裔女子譚家宜惡夢的開始-醫生證實她患上血癌. 羅穎心報道. (2010-03-04)

http://www.omnibc.ca/news/webstories.php?language=5&id=2336

I am so so proud of my Mama.  Truly an inspiration to us all.

Patrick (Son of Madellina, Brother of Carolyn)

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Bone Marrow Recipient Meets Man Who Saved His Life A Decade Ago

Bone Marrow Recipient Meets Man Who Saved His Life A Decade Ago

Friday August 22, 2008

What if you were asked to undergo a procedure to help save the life of someone you didn’t even know? And how would you feel if your contribution did just that?

Keith Murray can answer that question. The New Brunswick man came out of nowhere to save Brampton resident Eric Perron. But the duo had never met each other until Friday.

The story of how Murray and Perron became forever intertwined is a heart tugging tale of sacrifice and a simple act that was anything but.

It started in 1998 when leukemia patient Perron received a desperately needed bone marrow donation from Murray, a gift that wound up saving his life. For 10 years, neither man had ever met face-to-face. But when the east coast resident emerged from the doors at Pearson International Airport in the afternoon it was like they’d known each other forever.

“He’s part of the family,” Perron laughs, as he hugs his hero. “I’m very happy that he’s here.”

Murray doesn’t consider himself anything special. He was a regular blood donor until a friend from Newfoundland told him about the bone marrow program. And he didn’t hesitate to join up.

Little did he know he’d soon provide a match and give the 42-year-old Perron his second chance.

“This happened as just a matter of a regular blood donation,” he recounts. “I was told I was a positive match and so we got pretty excited about the idea of being able to contribute to someone that was in deep need of some bone marrow.”

But Perron, who now has a newborn child that wouldn’t have been here without Murray’s vital contribution, knows his new friend has changed his life. “I was lucky,” the recipient admits. “I have a brother and two sisters. They were not compatible with me.”

But Murray was and he wants his reward to be others getting involved in the One Match program. To find out how, click here.

Meanwhile, the two connected families are planning a champagne dinner and a night on the town – all on Perron, of course. It is, after all, the least he can do.

“There’s no chance I can survive without help, right?” he asks rhetorically. “And I’ve been lucky to have someone matching and right now I’m here because of that.”

“It’s important that people understand that it’s a painless program,” Murray concludes, looking at his beaming friend. 

“And the rewards are unbelievable.”

 

~ CLICK HERE TODAY TO BECOME A DONOR ~

 

DOGA spreading the news to help save the life of one of their old girls, Carolyn Tam.

Recently there has been a special request by one of our alumnae, artist and singer Ms. Karen Morris (class ’88) to help spread her pledge for help to her close primary school classmate, Carolyn Tam.

Carolyn unfortunately has been diagnosed with Leukemia and is in urgent need to seek for a matching bone marrow donor to save her life. For anyone who is willing to help, you can register with HK Red Cross to become a donor and have your blood tested.

Hong Kong Red Cross Hotline: 2710 1206

Visit your nearest HK Red Cross donor centre today and become a registered donor

Please help DOGA and Karen spread the news to help save the life of one of our old girls, Carolyn Tam.

http://www.doga.org.hk/

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Thank you Jason for talking about Carolyn, and to have her banner posted on your site.  Appreciate it.

http://www.earsonline.com/chinese/staffs/index.html

South China Morning Post Hong Kong – July 16 2008

Singer in search for bone marrow donors for old classmate.

Visit your nearest HK Red Cross donor centre today and become a registered donor

 

CTVBC.ca – July 13 2008

Family pushes for ethnic bone marrow donors

Sun Jul. 13 2008

ctvbc.ca

Carolyn Tam has leukemia — and if she doesn’t get a bone marrow transplant, she will die.

But Tam faces a bigger challenge than many — because she is of Chinese descent, she faces bleak chances of finding a match on the Canadian Blood Services bone marrow registry.

“Chinese is under-represented on the bone marrow registry,” said Carolyn’s uncle, Lawrence Law. “We only have a five per cent chance as it is…the need for ethnic donors is very great.”

But on Sunday Tam’s family took a step in the direction of changing that, signing hundreds of people of Chinese descent to take a simple DNA swab test.

The idea is that if more ethnic minorities register for bone marrow transplants, the chances of finding a match will go up — and that will save lives.

MLA Sindi Hawkins knows this issue intimately. When she was diagnosed with leukemia, her sister donated the bone marrow needed to save her.

But fewer than 30 per cent of patients needing transplants will find a match within their own families.

“I don’t think we’re doing a good enough job with Canadian Blood Services getting the word out to ethnic communities,” she said.

Canadian Blood Services says offering the forms in languages other than English and French is a priority, but it’s going to take time.

Time is a luxury those with leukemia can’t afford. Three-year-old Makoda Suen died in hospital two years ago in her parents’ arms.

A match that could have saved her life wasn’t found in time.

“No parent should have to spend a minute of their life wondering if their child is going to die before them,” said Tam.

With a report from CTV British Columbia’s John Fenton
Click here to register online today at OneMatch.ca to become a stem cell donor

B.C. Metro News – July 14, 2008

Stem cell drive draws 260 possible donors

Kristen Thompson, Metro Vancouver
14 July 2008
Carolyn Tam is 260 steps closer to finding a much-needed stem cell match after a drive was held in Richmond yesterday screening possible candidates for a bone marrow transplant that would save her life.The stem cell drive, which provided on-site testing to see if volunteers were compatible with Carolyn, was held at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church.

It was the third drive put on by Vancouver friends and family of the Toronto woman, who has been battling leukemia for two years and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant, ideally from a Chinese donor.
There are only about 500,000 Chinese Canadians who are currently registered as donors.

Susana Junk, a childhood friend who helped organize the drive, said even if those 260 people aren’t a match for her friend, they will be in the blood donor registry and could be compatible with another person in need of a donor.

“This is not just for Carolyn, it’s for everybody,” she said. “The major thing we want people to do is register with Canadian Blood Services.”

 Click here to register online today at OneMatch.ca to become a stem cell donor