Lisa’s life in the balance

Lisa’s life in the balance

In a previous issue, Philippine News revealed the plight of  Lisa Marie Evangelista, a 31-year-old Filipina woman who lives in Sacramento, who is in a literal fight for her life.On Dec. 27, 2016, she was diagnosed with Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia, a rare and aggressive blood cancer. She needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Lisa’s sister is a 5/10 or half match. However, doctors prefer Lisa find a 10/10-donor match. To find a perfect match, Lisa needs a stranger to step forward and help save her life.Lisa has partnered with the Asian American Donor Program to find a donor similar to her genetic makeup. A bone marrow transplant, which is needed soon, is Lisa’s only hope for her long-term survival. A committed 10/10 marrow-matching donor must be located to have a successful transplant. Since Lisa is of Filipino, a matching donor will also need to be of Filipino or Asian descent.Shortage of Ethnic/Multi-Ethnic DonorsApproximately  every  3  minutes  one person in the  United States  is  diagnosed with a blood cancer. An estimated combined total of 172,910 people in the US are expected to be  diagnosed  with  leukemia,  lymphoma  or  myeloma  in  2017.  New  cases  of  leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are expected to account for 10.2 percent of the estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2017.Of  the  approximately  816,000  Asians  on  the  Be  the  Match®  registry, .5  percent are Filipinos, while Filipino Americans constitute 19.7 percent of Asian Americans (Source: 2010  Census).  The  Be  The  Match®  registry  recruits  hundreds  of  thousands  of  donors each year through an extensive network of more than 155 local and regional Community Engagement Representatives and organizations. You only need to join the Be The Match® registry once.“Finding a marrow/stem cell match can be like finding a needle in a haystack,” says Gillespie.    “Multi-racial  patients  face  the  worst  odds.    Those  diagnosed  with  a  blood disease need a marrow/stem cell transplant as soon as possible. Building the Registry with committed donors is what patients need. You could potentially match anyone in the world, this is truly a global effort.” How You Can Commit to Help• Findaregistrationdriveinyourarea.Goto• Registeronlinehere: must be 18 to 44 years old and meet general health requirements• Filloutaconsentformanddoacheekswab• Becommitted.Bereadytodonatetoanypatientinneed• Contactfriends/familyandencouragethemtogotoaregistrationdriveorregisteronline• Setupadriveinyourareaorformoreinformation,callAADPat1-800-593-6667or visit our website• VolunteertohelpatregistrationdrivesPlease take a few minutes of your time to learn more about how you can help save a lifeand register as a marrow donor.Upcoming Registration DriveSoy and Tofu FestivalSaturday, June 17 from 11am to 5 pmOpen to the PublicSaint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94109Malayan SF Outdoor FestivalPhilippine Independence DaySunday, June 18 from noon to 8 pmUnion Square, 333 Post St., San Francisco, 941025:30 pm Free ConcertThe Asian American Donor Program (AADP), with its offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, is dedicated to increasing the availability of potential stem cell donors for patients with life threatening diseases curable by a blood stem cell or marrow transplant. AADP  is  a  community-based  nonprofit  for  social  benefit  (501©3)  organization  and specializes  in  conducting  outreach  and  donor  registration  drives  in  and  with  diverse communities. AADP is an official recruitment center of the Be The Match® registry. To  learn  more about  scheduled  upcoming  marrow  drives,  visit

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