Oct 15, 2012
Yesterday was the Bone Marrow Drive in honor of Kurt at the Chinese Grace Bible Church in Sacramento. There was an appreciable turnout, and hopefully someone will become a match for Kurt, if not another patient on the bone marrow donation waiting list!
The photos from the event are very inspiring, and certainly illustrate the depth of love and support for Kurt. Thank you to all those who came out to the event and registered to become a bone marrow donor!
Bone Marrow Drive
Oct 06, 2012
After being admitted to the hospital in early September, Kurt began a new round of chemotherapy. His best option is a bone marrow transplant that will replace his cancerous cells with healthy donor cells. Unfortunately, his family is not a match.
While there were 18 donor matches in the national registry, none were able to donate at this time. Kurt spent his 16th birthday in the hospital this past week, waiting for good news of a match.
The Chinese Grace Bible Church in Sacramento has organized a bone marrow drive scheduled for October 14th. If you are of Chinese or Asian decent, please consider attending this drive, as donor matching is dependent on race and ethnicity, and minorities are rare on the donor list. To register as a bone marrow donor, you simply provide a cheek swab--that's it! It is incredibly simple, and if you are a match for someone, you could save their life.
Please consider signing up to become a bone marrow donor!
Sep 18, 2012
My cousin’s son, Kurt, is 16 years old. Last November, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He endured four harsh rounds of chemotherapy over several months in the pediatric oncology unit at UCSF. He experienced hyperpigmentation, hair loss, mouth sores, muscle atrophy, and extensive fatigue. My cousin sold her medical practice to stay in the ICU with Kurt indefinitely, while her husband travelled biweekly from his practice in Carmichael to San Francisco. Kurt’s older brother Matthew started this year at UC Berkeley, in close proximity to his family, inspired to pursue a bachelor’s degree in pre-medical sciences. Kurt’s diagnosis greatly impacted our extensive family as well, so we were thrilled to learn he fought his cancer into remission in mid-May.
Last week (September 9th) we were informed that he has experienced a relapse in his leukemia. A relapse within 6 months of remission means the statistics are against us. But, Kurt has successfully battled this cancer once and we all believe he can do it again. He is young and strong, and his family resilient. Yet, this is still a mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging experience.
Please help support Kurt and our family by making a tax-deductible donation to benefit leukemia research. Every dollar counts!
Jeni's Fundraising Page
Sep 17, 2012
Welcome to my Light The Night Walk homepage.
Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.
For more than 60 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. Presently, we have more than $250 million committed to research across the United States and in ten other countries. Every dollar is provided by concerned donors. We invest in the best, outcome based science:
- Anywhere, with no geographic or institutional boundaries
- Without profit incentive
- To meet unmet Medicare needs of people with blood cancers
And LLS funded advances are helping patients beyond those for whom they were originally developed, including people with solid tumors and auto-immune diseases. In the past decade, nearly 50% (19 out of 39) of the cancer drugs approved by the FDA were approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. Twelve are already approved for people beyond those for whom they were first developed. With your help, we are saving lives.
- A donation of $30 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
- A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
- A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
- A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.
Please make a donation to support my participation in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress, and thanks for your support!