We need your help. A beautiful soul, @mtomehh, received devastating news that she relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
She was initially diagnosed at 19 and proceeded with a 2.5 year treatment. 3 years ago, she completed what was supposed to be a 90% curable process. Since then, she worked hard to reintegrate university, work, and becoming an active speaker for the Terry Fox Foundation. But the unimaginable happened and she now needs a Stem Cell transplant. The process involves a new drug therapy, followed by full body radiation and chemotherapy to wipe her bone marrow out completely, to replace with healthy stem cells which will hopefully produce new marrow. Currently on a worldwide registry, Marell does not have a match: one that she needs to save her life. Unfortunately, her family members are not a match, and she will need an unrelated donor in the next weeks to come. Marell has an entire life in front of her and this simple act can give her that future. She is also the first person in her family to be diagnosed with cancer. We don’t know why it happened the first time, and we don’t know why it came back, but this is our reality. We hope you can imagine how unbelievably devastating this is and please remember that cancer can happen to any of us at any time.
In order to be a donor, all that is needed is a saliva swab a sample. You will only be asked to donate if you’ve been found to be someone’s match. If you are between the ages of 17 and 35 PLEASE get tested to see if you can save someone’s life.
To get the saliva test kit you can go to the nearest Canadian Blood Services Centre, OR go to this website https://blood.ca/en/stem-cells/donating-stem-cells to take the questionnaire and get the stem cell kit mailed to you!
Once you take a swab of your saliva, you will mail it back and be put in the database for stem cell donors.
There are so many people out there praying for survival of their loved one, and by sending in your sample to be a potential match, you could be answering those prayers. For more information, please DM @vscaringella and click the link in her bio to start your process!#areyoutheoneformarell #leukemia #acutelymphoblasticleukem