Our dear friend Nina Polvanich Louie has lymphoma, and she needs to find a bone marrow donor. Lymphoma can be treated, but Nina has not found a match in the registry. You can help by getting typed with a free home typing kit, or by getting typed in person at a local drive in LA, SF or NYC, or going to a recruitment center across the US or Internationally, and by helping to spread the word. The process to find a match is simple – with a kit (at home or at a drive), swab your cheek and then send the swab back in. That’s it!
With just a few minutes of your time, you can find out if you are eligible in saving not just Nina but anyone suffering from blood cancers or other related diseases. Thanks to the overwhelming support, all home kits will be expedited for Nina, but the fastest way to help is to get typed at a local drive. Thank you for helping to save Nina!
UPDATE FROM NINA:
"Thank you so much for your birthday wishes and bringing so much light into my life. This has been a roller coaster month, but your love lifts us through it. We realized a few weeks ago that my brain tumors had stopped responding to the chemotherapy and actually grew a little. Some days on this journey have been filled with hope and promise... some days you just need a good long cry in the shower.
While I still haven't found a donor match, we were able to find a 6/6 cord blood match! It isn't the first choice treatment, but an amazing option for which we are so grateful. Most adults need two cords, but my cord is apparently from such a GIANT Asian baby that just the one is enough for me. Baby Cord and I are fated to be together just the two of us!
Thank you for walking this journey with me and giving me the best birthday present ever. Through the campaign, we have already found TWO matches for other patients in need and literally are saving their lives. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to turn my pain into purpose. We are so grateful for you."