Fairchild TV interview of Mama

Watch Mama tell you why it is very urgent for us all to become a registered stem cell donor. (Cantonese)

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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)

Carolyn on Pearl Report

Pearl Report, an English TV journal from Hong Kong, explains and de-mystifies the whole process of bone marrow or stem cell donation.  Local doctors and Leukemia patients, including Carolyn, are interviewed for their different perspectives.  Thank you for Naomi, our smart and hard working cousin, for putting this together.  Watch.

This is why we need your help. Please watch.

Mama Urging For More New Registrant

Below is Mama, in Cantonese, pleading to Chinese from around the world to become a registered donor.

 

 

We are so so proud of her.

While she is no doubt enduring one of the toughest emotional and physical challenge of her life, she is also dealing with an unexpected PR challenge with poise and finesse.

Key points include:

  • We are getting all the media attention so far because we are lucky to have met very caring people in the past few months, not because we are anyone special.
  • Leukemia is not an incurable disease.  All we need is that ONE MATCH for Carolyn to survive.
  • I’m ashamed of myself to have known nothing about Leukemia before my daughter was diagnosed with it, and that I have missed the 18 to 60 years old window.
  • Chinese is under represented in the global database.
  • We have not yet found a match after searching the global database including China, Hong Kong,  Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan.
  • We need more new registrant urgently.
  • I have never felt so helpless before, watching my daughter fighting with disappointments day-after-day and coping with deteriorating health.
  • I plead to you all to become a registered donor, to help Carolyn, and anyone else in need.
  • Ask yourself, your friends, your family, to become a registered donor, to insure yourself from what we are going through
  • Stem cells are extracted either from your pelvis or your peripheral blood.  Actual process is dependent on the condition of the donor.  Your bone marrow will grow back in less than a month after donation. (The risks for donating bone marrow are the same as those involved in any general anaesthetic.)
  • I have no control over finding a match for my daughter no matter how hard I work.  It will have to come from the generosity in all of you.  

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再一次呼籲 我的女兒譚家宜,最近血癌復發,需要造血幹細胞移植,才可以保全生命。最近家宜與我經常見報上電視。我們並不是特殊人物,我們是得到各方媒界的支持,制造機會,讓我們可以代表家宜及全球的華人血癌病患者,向各位華裔朋友作一個呼籲,希望能令你們明白,血癌並不是絕對的絕症。血癌病患者是可以籍你們捐贈的造血幹細胞來延續生命。 

我自已感到十分慚愧,在家宜病發之前,對於造血幹細胞一無所知,更加錯過 18-60歲的可捐贈年齡。原來紅血球,白血球,血小板是造血幹細胞所造。慶幸健康的造血幹細胞是可以移植,經這途徑,血癌病患者是可以得救,生命是可以延續。 

統計數字顯示,十個白人中九個能夠找到吻合幹細胞移植而得以生存,因為白人登記為捐贈者數目是以百萬計。可惜,十個華人裡面九個死亡,更被視為死於絕症。因為華人登記為捐贈者數目只係代表全球幹細胞資料庫總數的8%譚家宜的主治醫生,經過三個多月的資料搜索,到目前為止,找遍全球幹細胞資料庫,包括中國大陸、香港、台灣、新加坡,日本及韓國,仍未能為譚家宜找到吻合的幹細胞。我們正在急切期望的捐贈者。

各位朋友,我現時感受到,臨急抱佛腳的旁惶與無耐。眼見女兒每日爭分奪秒地與時間搏斗,剩下的日子在希望失望中一日一日渡過。我再借此機會,向大家呼籲,為家宜,為全球的血癌病患者,為我地華人的將來,伸出援手一齊在這方面作出未雨籌謀,請響應我的呼籲,支持我的呼籲,登記成為幹細胞捐贈者。鼓勵你的兒女,你的親戚,你周圍的朋友登記成為幹細胞捐贈者,救救在死亡邊緣爭扎的華人血癌病患者。地點可瀏覽 www.SaveCarolyn.com內的 be a donor索引。 

登記後,初步只是抽取血樣辦化驗白血球類型HLA,而你的HLA資料會儲存在國際造血幹細胞資料庫直至65歲。全球血癌病患者都可以向國際造血幹細胞資料庫申請配對。你不單止可以幫助家宜,實際你也正在為每一個華人先作壞的準備。 

捐贈造血幹細胞有兩個方法,其一,幹細胞從週邊血分解出來,程序如同捐血一樣。其二,幹細胞從骨髓分解出來,而骨髓是從盤骨抽取出來。選用方法以個別情況而定。在正常情況下,你的身體會很快填補捐出的部份。

作為一個母親,眼見家宜每日身受的痛苦,精神的折磨,我的心在絞在痛。而我雙手好像被綁一樣,毫無辦法去拯救她,因為幹細胞不是用勞力可以摶取,因為幹細胞更加不是用金錢可以買得到,因為幹細胞是一個捐贈,是發自你們的善心,你們的博愛。我請求大家,為家宜,為全球的華人血癌病患者,為未雨籌謀作出準備,湧躍登記為幹細胞捐贈者,給他們多一個生存機會。我代表家宜及家人先向你們多謝。madellinalau@gmail.com

A Message from Charlie Young (楊采妮)

楊采妮呼籲市民去香港紅十字會登記為骨髓捐贈者, 以幫助譚家宜戰勝白血病。

Charlie Young (star of “Bangkok Dangerous” with Nicholas Cage) urges people to help save Carolyn Tam.

 

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Karen Mok (莫文蔚) urging people to help save her friend Carolyn Tam.

 

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