Filipino needs a bone marrow donor

Surrounded by loving friends and family, recently engaged Veeluna Triggs (Vee) has her whole life ahead of her. But there is one thing that makes her life so different to any other bride-to-be…Veeluna desperately needs a bone marrow transplant.

In 2007, Veeluna was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia where the bone marrow does not produce enough red blood cells (which carry oxygen), white blood cells (to fight infection) and platelets (which help clot your blood). As a result, the disorder presents life-threatening risks of infection and bleeding.

Following treatment and a short stay in hospital, Veeluna was soon well enough to return home and resume everyday life. Until December 2009 when she received the devastating news – the Aplastic Anemia was back. Vee was immediately admitted to hospital for another 2 months only to fall terribly ill again in September 2010. Vee was recently rushed to Intensive Care with a severe infection. Currently in a stable condition, she now needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

Veeluna is Filipino. Because tissue types are inherited, Vee is most likely to match someone of the same ethnicity. With no brothers or sisters, the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry are now searching Registries worldwide for a matched, unrelated donor. However, with no Registry in the Phillipines and a very small percentage of Filipino donors registered worldwide, finding a match for Veeluna is extremely difficult.

If you are Filipino, aged 18 – 40 years and willing to donate a unit of blood consider joining the a bone Marrow Registry today.

Veeluna and other Filipino patients in need of a bone marrow transplant NEED YOUR HELP! You could be the match that saves a life.

‘If you are of Filipino blood, please realise that your small but precious donation could give Vee and similar beautiful souls who have diseases such as leukaemia and lymphoma another chance at life, while ensuring the salvation of our loved ones now and in the future’


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  • Kim Randell

    Dearest Veeluna left this life peacefully on 12 April 2011. The search for a suitable donor did not succeed in time. I knew her from her birth to the present and this world is poorer for her passing. She is at peace now in the arms of her Father.

    • Steve Meek

      I am so sorry for your great loss and my thoughts and prayers are with Vee and her family and friends. My friends niece, who is American of Mexican and Filipino ancestry also needs a donor in a timely fashion. Somehow we need to raise the awareness, in these culturally specific communities, and across the board, and save some lives.

    • Melchor Deocariza

      I was diagnosed with same problem (aplastic Anemia) last January 2012 and treated with ATG and Cyclosporine including checking all my condition by different specialist doctor. And was discharged in hospital last June 12, 2012 after seeing I can handle myself, but not totally cured. I’m having a regular visit to hospital with transfusion of every more than a month of duration. Presently become longer to two months as my doctor expect would become more longer. Right now I’m looking good despite of my CBC count of below normal but as if I am healthy to look at with still a regular visit to hospital to monitor my CBC.
      I would like to ask enquiry about Veeluna when time she was first treated last 2007, if she under go with same medication (ATG and Cyclosporine)before the sickness return back after two years. If in between did she experience same with mine living with average CBC and will call for transfusion if CBC falls below the monitoring limit.
      I hope you could give me information what should I have to prepared of on the next. Should any prevention just to maintain my condition rather than to receive a bone marrow transplant.