Jo has been diagnosed with a relapse
“I am now in the fight for my life”
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.
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.
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?
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)
(You'll be directed to NZ Blood for eligibility)
Where & How to register
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood
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.
The cause of blood cancers is unknown.
Cancer of the blood can strike anyone, of any age, at any time, without warning.
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.
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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.
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