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Subject: Please help my wife, a leukemia patient! SOS!
My name is Ying Shen. I am a postdoctor in Johns
Hopkins University. As you can see in the following
letter, we really beg for your help to save my wife's
life. Any act from your organization will be
appreciated very much.
Her blood type is O positive and Rh positive.
725 N. Wolfe St
Baltimore, MD 21205
Dear Friend and Colleagues in and out of Scienctific
This is a SOS help request from Ying Shen and his
wife, Xueqin Xia.
We are writing to ask each of you to do us a small
favor that will potentially save the life of someone
very near and dear to us. Xueqin Xia (Chin), who works
as a technician in the Johns Hopkins University, has
been recently diagnosed with pre-B cell acute
lymphoblastic leukemia with potential Philadelphia
chromosome (the cytogenetic analysis is not complete
but the pre-screen was positive). Chin is 30 years
old, has been married only just 2 years and has a
six-month old daughter. She is quiet, kind and
amazingly capable. Unless Chin receives an allogeneic
bone marrow transplant, she will not survive this
disease. Chin¹s doctors will be searching for a
suitable donor in the currently available databases
throughout the world. However, the chances of finding
a match within the US database are small since most of
the registrants are Caucasion. The current database in
China is limited and not well documented. Thus, the
favor we are asking is that you and your friends and
relatives be tested to find out if you are a suitable
bone marrow donor for Chin.
The Website for the National Bone Marrow Program
is www.marrow.org; You can find details of the bone
marrow transplant procedure and how to be tissue typed
at their site. The relevant information is summarized
1. Any individual can contact their local NBMP
office nationwide and ask for an appointment to do
his/her HLA typing. You only need to give a small
(http://www.marrow.org/FAQS/donor_faqs.html). If a
group of 10 people or more want to be tested, the
local office can arrange a special appointment.
2. There is no fee for being tested if you are a
minority, such as Chinese, under any situation.
3. Being tested is also free of charge if you
willing to be registered. If you are registered, you
will remain in the registry until you reach age 60, or
you can have your name removed at any time. If you
just want to typed and not put in the registry, the
cost of being tested is $60. We would like to pay this
money if you prefer.
4. You will then need to call the NMBP local
office to get your typing result. The results are
available in about 3 weeks. Chin¹s HLA type will be
known by next week.
Please be tested. Chin is a wonderful person and
we need her to be with them for as long as possible.
Moreover, even if you are not a suitable donor for
Chin, you may be a suitable donor for someone who is
loved and needed by their family just as much. Being
listed on the national registry may help you save
someone special's life.
Also, this is the first SOS request I put in
internet. I hope everybody could help us to:
1. distribute this letter to anywhere, such your local
Chinese scholar and student association, Chinese
church and so on. Modification is OK if needed.
2. to contact me, please send email to:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org My
telephone number is: 410-614-1890 (American domestic)
or international call: 1-410-614-1890.
Your help is really, sincerely appreciated. God
Please visit website: www.xueqin.cc.
Enclosed please find two pictures of Chin and our
Ying Shen (Dept. of Neurosciences, JHU SOM) 01/18/2002
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