Originally Posted by squeakr
Thanks to everyone who prayed, got tested, PM'd me for more info and esp to lin821 who sent me info for the family. I do not know any more that that the match was found and he/she is Asian
I am so very glad to learn about this great exciting news!
I think the best thing for Natalie's family right now is to focus on her. I learned from their blog
the transplant will be in early April. The most critical thing for Natalie between now and then is to stay strong and healthy. And keep her happy, of course! Just pass on my friendly reminders to the parents.
I don't want to take away the family's precious time to be and work with her. So I think I won't bother squeakr
nor Natalie's family for any inside scoop. I will, however, keep following the blog to get updates. I am sure when things are all settled and the proper time comes, her parents will share their journey in much of details with the world.
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to get as many bone marrow registries as possible. You may be the only match for someone on the waiting list tens of thousand miles away. There's a global network. Try and search in your local area to see if there's such mechanism in place. If you are in the States, you even have the option of mail-in kits.
Besides the marrow donors registry in Tzu Chi Foundation, there is another big driving force in cancer treatment and research in Taiwan. A well-known Taiwanese billionaire, who lost wife to breast cancer and a younger brother to leukemia, has pledged billions of donation to establish advanced medical facilities like a proton therapy center (his story: here
). That's one of the many reasons marrow donation get both good and more publicity here. The reputation and influence of Tzu Chi has encouraged more Taiwanese to become donors. There's still a strong cultural component in resistance to the concept/practice of organ or marrow donation though. OTOH, all these personal stories help build better public awareness.
I'll keep sending positive thought and energy to Natalie.