March 06, 2009
Just wanted as many people to see this as possible ...
Chris Wilcox has a new friend named Jasmina. She just turned 6 years old [on Thursday] and aside from being adorable, she has leukemia. She has a rare and aggressive form of it, which was diagnosed on Jan. 20. Her doctors say she needs a bone marrow transplant now or Jasmina will die. [...]
"I have a sister who suffers from Lupus so, unfortunately, she is in and out of the hospital and has undergone chemotherapy," he said. "I just can’t bear to see a six year old who literally could die if we don’t find her a match soon."
What Jasmina desperately needs is a bone marrow donor. The issue is, Jasmina was adopted so she does not have any full siblings, which would provide the needed perfect match. Dr. William L. Carroll, Jasmina's doctor at NYU Medical Center, said the situation is even more of a challenge because, "African-Americans are under-represented in the donor base thus finding the perfect match even harder."
"It’s not an organ that she needs, it is blood cells," Wilcox said. "It could be any one of us that could save her life."
To help Jasmina's cause and, hopefully, find that perfect donor she so desperately needs, Wilcox is promoting a Bone Marrow Donor Drive that will be run by DKMS Americas this Saturday (March 7) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at PS 41 on 116 West 11th Street in Manhattan. Fixers, especially those of you who are African-American, please take time out of your day and possibly save another human life.
To find out more information, check out One For Jasmina.