Help Jo Survive

Please Help
Jo Survive

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Jo and Tim are two of the the most fun, generous, kind and all-round awesome humans. But life has been a never ending roller coaster for them both.

At age 26, Jo was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2013. Tim was with her every step of the way, as she fought hard and was eventually cleared in March of 2016.

After that huge battle, they both wanted to get on with living. And this year has been a big one for them. A beautiful wedding. A crazy honeymoon adventure. New jobs for Tim. Big projects for Jo. They moved house.

And, most excitingly they became parents, welcoming their beautiful baby Quinn into the world on the 8th of June.

But now, in the midst of midnight feeds and nappy changes, this little family has been hit with an even bigger challenge.

 
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Jo has been diagnosed with a relapse
in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

They’re mustering all of their courage, and all of their strength to tackle it all again. But Jo is clear:

 
 

“I am now in the fight for my life”

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Jo is undergoing some pretty intense treatment including rounds of chemotherapy, steroids and blood transfusions.

All of this is making life pretty challenging for the little family. With frequent hospital stays and Jo’s immunity and energy dipping, Tim has put his career on hold and is caring for both Jo and baby Quinn.

Their community of family and friends have rallied around them to help raise funds and prepare meals daily. But, we need to do more.

 
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To beat it, Jo needs to have a bone marrow transplant. And, right now she desperately need a donor.

Due to being mixed race, half Chinese and half Caucasian, finding a donor is difficult. While the medical professionals are searching the global list of donors, it’s a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. And, we’re not sure if the perfect match is even registered.

Normally, you turn to family to find the right donor; siblings are your best bet. But Jo is an only child, and she has antibodies to her mum.

So, at this stage she’s relying entirely on finding the perfect stranger.

 
 

Jo wants to live.

To see her little boy grow up, she needs to beat this. And, you might be able to help her.

 
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The registry of donors is being checked daily.

To give Jo the best chance of finding her donor,
we need to get as many people to register as possible.

So, what can you do?

 
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Join the register

In New Zealand, to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry by donating a unit of blood (470mls) at a NZ Blood Service Donor Centre or Mobile. NZBMDR are recruiting males between the ages of 18 and 40 who have an ancestor who was not European, are able to meet the NZ Blood Service requirements to donate blood and willing to donate bone marrow to any patient anywhere in the world


Please follow the 3 steps below.
(Details are below if you’re not based in NZ)

 
 

Check your eligibility to become a blood donor

A quick list of the major blood donor criteria.

Book an appointment to donate blood

Use the NZ Blood Service handy online system to find your nearest place to donate and book an appointment.

 

Ask to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry

Ask the NZ Blood Service staff when you donate that you would like to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

(You'll be directed to NZ Blood for eligibility)

 
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Please spread the word!

Tell all of your friends and family, and get as many people joining the register as possible.

 
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Give a Little!

Another way people can support Jo & Timis by helping to cover living costs while both Tim & Jo put all of their energy into treatment and recovery.

 

Where & How to register


USA

The National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match

 

The American Bone Marrow Donor Registry

 

The Gift of Life

 

The Icla da Silva Foundation, Inc.


 
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Leukemia is a cancer of the blood

21,000 people

Based on Ministry of Health data, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand estimate that close to 21,000 people are living with a blood cancer in New Zealand.


6 children & adults

Every day 6 children and adults in New Zealand are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition. That is one person every four hours.


The 5th most common

Blood cancers combined (leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) are the fifth most common form of cancer in New Zealand.

Unknown

The cause of blood cancers is unknown.


Unpredictable

Cancer of the blood can strike anyone, of any age, at any time, without warning.


Unforseeable

Immediate treatment may be necessary and that treatment can go on for months or even years.

 

Jo has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is caused by the abnormal division of bone marrow stem cells – which damage the controlling genes of the cells – and a reduction in the number of normal cells. These immature cells, usually referred to as blast cells, do not function properly.

 

This information has been provided courtesy of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand is the national charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families living with blood cancers (leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) and related blood conditions.

They are committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their families living with these blood cancers and conditions by providing patient support services, investing and supporting research, providing information, raising awareness and advocating on behalf of patients and their families.

 

Find out more

Jo and Tim really appreciate all of your support, however all of the feedback and questions can be a bit overwhelming. To give them space to focus on treatment and recovery, please avoid messaging them directly. 

If you have any thoughts, ideas, questions, comments or would simply like to send your love, please use this form. There is a team of family and friends who are checking these messages regularly, and we'll make sure that we get back to you with the right information as quickly as we can. 

The best place to receive updates and any new information is at the Facebook page.  Thanks!

 
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