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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