2012 Jun 19 Race Against Time: How You Can Help Save a Man’s Life
Yvan is your average expat, just like you and me. He moved to Hong Kong 20 years ago, has been working for a French firm and even started a family (he has two kids, ages 6 and 10). He was in perfect health, regularly running marathons until he was diagnosed with acute leukemia last April. Now currently undergoing heavy chemotherapy, his only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, we don’t have much time – a donor is needed in a matter of weeks. No one in his family is compatible, but if just one person with the right match reads this post, we can come that much closer to saving a man’s life.
According to his doctor, there is a 1 in 50,000 chance of a match from non-Caucasian donors and 1 in 5,000 from Caucasian donors. That is why Yvan’s friends and family are trying to get as many people as possible to register in Beijing through the New Sunshine Charity Foundation, the approved organization in China within the worldwide Bone Marrow Donor Association (BMDW).
From Wednesday, June 20 till Friday, June 29, International SOS will be hosting a walk-in registration from 5-8pm. The “cheek swab” test – which essentially consists of you swabbing the inside of your cheek with a Q-tip – takes just 15 minutes. The results will be published on the donor worldwide registry for bone marrow donors within one month.
“The probability of finding a compatible donor for Yvan here is very low. Nevertheless, saving a life sometimes requires trying every avenue imaginable,” one of Yvan’s friends tells us. To find out if you’re eligible to be a donor and to get more information, visit http://support-bone-marrow-donor-beijing.com.
If you’d like to better understand leukemia and the importance of becoming a donor, consider taking part in a special event for Yvan this Sunday, June 24 from 3-6pm at the Novotel Beijing Sanyuan. Doctors will be presenting on the foundation’s activities, and all drink proceeds will benefit the foundation. You can also make personal contributions. For more information, you can contact Felicia Schwartz at Felicia@hitangandccc.com.
Beijing International SOS Clinic
Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100)
Novotel Beijing Sanyuan
Tower 18, A5 Shuguang Xili, Chaoyang District (in front of Sanyuanqiao subway)