Last week, UCLA student Janet Liang sadly succumbed to the leukemia she was first diagnosed with in 2009.
Before her untimely death, however, Janet and her supporters, known as Team Janet, devoted themselves tirelessly to raising awareness for the need for more marrow donors in minority communities.
Janet made it her mission to register as many Asian Americans to the National Marrow Donor Program. While Janet was not able to find a marrow match for herself, Team Janet‘s efforts helped in making at least 18 marrow matches for other patients.
There are still many Asian American leukemia patients looking for marrow matches. It is especially difficult for them to make perfect matches, as there are not many Asian Americans registered as donors. Getting more of us tested and registered is crucial.
Here’s how you can help:
Our pal Jenn at Reappropriate has organized 170 In 7: A Bone Marrow Cyberdrive in Memory of Janiet Liang. The goal is to register 170 new potential donors in 7 days to the national registry in Janet’s memory. Joining the drive is simple:
- Fill out the form at http://join.bethematch.org/TeamJanet to request a do-it-yourself cheek swab kit.
- Tweet with the hashtag #170in7 or send an email to jenn[at]reappropriate[dot]co to be counted.
And that’s it! For more details about the drive, read about it here on Reappropriate.
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