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This blog post is to help raise awareness and possibly find a Vietnamese stem cell donor for Mai Duong. A local Montreal Vietnamese woman. Mai was first diagnosed with acute leukemia in January 2013. She went into remission in July 2013. In May of this year she was told her cancer had returned.
Mai is currently having treatment at the hospital, and is on the waiting list for a stem cell donation which can be through cord blood, or through a bone marrow transplant.
The problem is obtaining a compatible donor. Mai is Vietnamese, and she needs a Vietnamese donor. It’s still more complicated because she needs a 10 on 10 match. For Mai that means she needs 9 Vietnamese cells and one Filipino cell.
Her time is running short. I felt the need to share my blog, my reach, my readers for something so very significant. Please, if you can, share this with your followers. Bloggers are such a unique community, together we could spread the news even further. Maybe one of our readers is a match.
Cord blood is another vital way to donate. For my last daughter, I donated my cord blood, I wish they has asked me for the first three. If you’re pregnant, talk to your doctor to see if this is something that can be done with your hospital.
If you know of anyone that could be a match, or any one of Vietnamese and Filipino descent share this with them.
Mai advises us that even if a match is not found for her, there could be one for people in her same situation in the future. We need more people to get tested and get on the donor lists.
To help Mai Duong or someone else in the same situation somewhere in the world, the first step is signing up with a bone marrow donor registry in your country. It’s free and won’t hurt!
Canada (outside of Quebec):http://onematch.ca/
Please take a minute to visit Mai’s website for more information. Share it with as many people as you www.sosmai.com
It may be one of those shares that makes a difference. To Mai Duong, her husband, her daughter, her family and friends. We can all do our part to help this courageous young woman. Caring is sharing, so please share as much as you can.
I remain hopeful and positive that her match is out there somewhere.