Alan Hahn of NEWSDAY gives us all some work to do. Hahn introduces to a 6-year-old Jasmina, who recently befriend New York Knick Chris Wilcox. As you can see, she’s a beautiful little girl, but sadly she has leukemia.
She has a rare and agressive form of it, which was diagnosed on Jan. 20. Her doctors say she needs a bone marrow transplant now or Jasmina will die.
Wilcox: “I have a sister who suffers from Lupus so, unfortunately, she is in and out of the hospital and has undergone chemotherapy. I just can’t bear to see a six year old who literally could die if we don’t find her a match soon.”
So what needs to be done? And what can we all do?
Jasmina needs a bone marrow transplant, but does not have any full siblings, who more than likely would’ve provided a perfect match.
That’s where you and I come in.
Wilcox is in a desperate search to help Jasmina find a donor for the blood cells she needs to ward off her insidious disease, so he is holding a Bone Marrow Donor Drive, 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.
If you can’t make it to the donor search event, you can also go to Jasmina’s own website to find out if you would be a perfect match for Jasmina. Or maybe someone else like her.
Here’s the donation process:
“There are two ways to donate. Seventy-to-eighty percent of the time, stem cells are collected from the donors’ blood, similar to donating plasma. Twenty-to-thirty percent of the time bone marrow is withdrawn from the hip (not spine) using a special syringe. It is an out-patient procedure done with local or general anesthesia.”
Very, very simple and easy.
So go to Jasmina’s site and see if you’re in a position to help.