REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Fil-Am doctor in Maine, who suffers from a rare form of blood cancer, is appealing to the Pinoy community in her search for a bone marrow donor.
Emergency room doctor Tracy Jalbuena, 43, has Primary Amyloidosis and Multiple Myeloma — an aggressive blood cancer.
The cure for her disease is a stem cell transplant, specifically from a bone marrow donor of Filipino descent.
The problem, experts say, is that Filipinos make up less than one percent registered bone marrow donors in the United States.
That’s why Dr. Jalbuena and her family are calling on the Filipino community to sign up to be donors with the National Marrow Registry.
“It’s possible that you could be my donor and that you could save my life. But don’t think if you’re not a match for me that it would be a waste, because you could match someone else.”
Anyone interested in learning how to become a donor can go to bethematch.org for more information.