February 11th, 2002



Hi you all! ^_^

My name is Kathy Wen an this is just some information about an event that will be occurring at the University of Washington, Seattle during the next two days. The information below is not just directed at the Asian American Community but to everyone of all ethnicities. Please consider the following carefully and if you have not registered as a possible bone marrow donor and are willing to do so, come out and support those in need of bone marrow transplants. I, myself, had a dear friend in high school that died from leukemia. She was 17 when she passed away and never got the chance to walk for her high school graduation. I was underage at the time (you need to be 18 to register), but if I had been 18, I would have registered without even a blink of an eye to see if I could have been a possible match for her.

Thank you so much for your time
and take care of yourselves,
Kathy Wen
~Lambda lil sis~
katywen@cs.washington.edu (<-- Yes, I know, even "Computer Sciencers" can't even spell names correctly!! =P hehe. just kidding.)



We welcome all those with a good heart and the willingness to save a life to come out to register at our bone marrow drive.

Bone Marrow Drive schedule:

Tuesday February 12th
HUB room 201C 10:00-3:30

Wednesday February 13th
HUB room 309 11:00-2:00

Typically registering takes 5-10 minutes so anyone can do it during break.

Nicole Howard's Life

Nicole Howard is a bright, independent, fun, and beautiful 5 year-old girl from Seattle. Suddenly, in May her parents were given the devastating news that Nicole had chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). CML is a very rare type of leukemia found in only one child out of a million under the age of ten. The only known cure is a bone marrow transplant. To date, no suitable bone marrow donor has been found for Nicole. Because Nicole is multi-racial - half-Japanese American and half-Caucasian - her search for a bone marrow match is much more difficult. Very few multi-racial individuals are registered as bone marrow donors. Unfortunately Nicole is not alone, this is an ethnic breakdown of the national registry, and this is why for men, women, and children such as Nicole their chances are very slim that they will ever find a donor unless we take a stand:

Ethnic Representation of the National Registry

Caucasian 77%
African American 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6%
Hispanic 7%
Native American 1%
Multi-Race 1%

The Process of Becoming a Donor

The first step in being considered a donor, the recipient must be of the age of 18-55. He/she must have no prior history of hepatitis, heart disease, cancer or AIDS, as well as completing a consent form allowing the Registry to include your HLA tissue type into its database registry for future matching.

Secondly, after completing the consent form, the recipient's blood is drawn at either a laboratory or community institution where it is deemed safe to do so. If the recipient's blood passes the first level blood test, the donor is given the option of returning for a second and third time to see if he/she truly is a possible candidate to save the life of an ill patient.

Thirdly, if after the third blood test, the recipient truly is a candidate, he/she will be given the opportunity to go through counseling in preparation of such a vital but simplistic operation. The overall process of the bone marrow extraction is simple and harmless. Only two to three percent of the bone marrow is extracted from the hip, and after a day of recovery, the recipient is released from the hospital knowing that he/she had a role in saving the life of another human being.

Registering is a life long commitment to saving a life when you are needed. All you have to give is a little of your time, and some of your bone marrow to give someone a life time of joy.

This event is sponsored by Lambda Phi Epsilon
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the
Lambda Phi Epsilon Community Service Chair: ajjiang@u.washington.edu

After all not everyone can be a fireman but anyone could save a life.