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)

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.  

~ CLICK HERE TODAY TO BECOME A DONOR ~

 

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.

 

~ CLICK HERE TODAY TO BECOME A DONOR ~

 

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

 

~ CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY ~

 

 

 

 

鄭秀文呼籲市民登記為骨髓捐贈者

 

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

(CTV BC) Family pushes for ethnic bone marrow donors

CTV British Columbia- Family pushes for ethnic bone marrow donors … 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 … more

太陽報 東方日報 Hong Kong – July 13 2008

太陽報愛心基金東方日報慈善基金協助
血癌靚女求骨髓續命

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

 

每一個人都可以成為我救命恩人!」不幸患上急性白血病(血癌)的譚家宜,急須在短期內覓得合適骨髓才能保命。風華正茂的家宜原擁有令人羨慕的一切,包括甜美的樣貌、成功的事業,還有疼愛她的家人;可惜,來勢洶洶的血癌卻令家宜的生命進入倒數階段。家宜與家人為抓緊每一個生存機會,即使尋遍地球每一個角落,亦希望尋得合適骨髓,為家宜及每一個血癌患者,找到他們的救命恩人。

家宜生於香港、長於香港,早年隨家人移居加拿大多倫多後,才開展生命的另一章。身為室內設計師的家宜,現於多倫多一間建築公司任職項目經理,前途無可限量,不料死神竟於去年三月悄悄降臨。

加國已籌集逾3000樣本
家宜憶述,當時突然發現頸部腫脹,經檢查後證實為急性血癌,並於同期接受化療醫治。完成化療後,病情已受控制。堅強的家宜還打趣地向母親說:「血癌只係小小考驗,一切都會過去!」可惜,今年四月,竟發現家宜白血球過低,證實她血癌復發。醫生指必須接受骨髓移植才能保命,惜母親與胞弟兩人分別只有一半基因與家宜接近,即使勉強進行移植,仍須冒極高風險;但當地醫院尋遍全球華裔骨髓捐贈者資料,亦未能覓得合適骨髓。

胞弟家強為拯救姊姊,親為姊姊設計一個個人網站(www.savecarolyn.com),向全球呼籲捐贈骨髓。而譚母劉慕平則在溫哥華及多倫多等地舉行多個骨髓籌集活動,成功收集近三千個樣本,惜至今仍未能找到合適骨髓。

生日願望盼救更多人
六月二十九日剛剛為家宜三十八歲生日,家強特別拋下在港工作飛往加拿大,與母親一同為家宜慶祝,「我唔知呢個係咪家姐最後一個生日,我會珍惜每一日!」家宜在生日前夕仍須接受化療,在藥物影響下,一頭烏髮早已掉盡,此刻的她面色蒼白,並以微弱的聲線道出或許是最後一個生日願望:「雖然我最後未必能夠避得過死神,但我都希望骨髓捐贈活動可以令更多人關注,搵到骨髓資料第日可以幫到更多人!」

家宜現時病情危急,刻不容緩,太陽報愛心基金與東方日報慈善基金正協助家宜尋找合適骨髓,有意捐贈骨髓者可致電2710 1234與紅十字會聯絡,該會會先為捐贈者登記,並抽取少量血液作紀錄及配對,倘捐贈者的血液合,會通知捐贈者作骨髓捐贈。

Janet Ko, leukemia survivor, urges you to become a registered donor

English with Mandarin translation

English with Cantonese translation

Fairchild TV Toronto Coverage on June 15 Drive

Carolyn’s Thank You Message To All Supporters

Mother & Dr. Joseph Wong on OMNI 2 TV Interview (1/4)

Mother & Dr. Joseph Wong on OMNI 2 TV Interview (2/4)

Mother & Dr. Joseph Wong on OMNI 2 TV Interview (3/4)

Mother & Dr. Joseph Wong on OMNI 2 TV Interview (4/4)

Mother’s plea to Toronto Chinese Community

Toronto Global News – urgent appeal

Toronto FairChild TV