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How you can help

Donate blood today !!!People have been asking how they can help. One way you can help is by donating blood at your local blood bank. I sometimes needed many transfusions a week and often had to wait for blood to be in stock. It doesn't matter what blood type you are, someone will benefit from your donation.Donate blood today !!!


This is my friend Melissa, she was diagnosed with AML in 1998 the same as me. Unfortunately, she also relapsed after her autologous bone marrow transplant just days before I did. She is currently in remission and awaiting another bone marrow transplant. The doctors have been unable to find a suitable bone marrow donor for her. 

There is a shortage of mixed race donors. In Melissa's case Italian and Lebanese. Do you know anyone with this background?

Me and Melissa

11th October 2000
Unfortunately this morning Melissa's brave struggle ended. She will be missed
by everyone, please keep her in your prayers too. Goodbye Melissa and may God bless you.


By joining the Bone Marrow Registry you may be able to help Melissa and others like us. It only takes a quick blood test to tissue type you for the registry. Contact your local Red Cross for further information. 

Some people have offered to make cash donations. Below are two very worthy organisations.

The Leukaemia Research and Support Fund
PO Box 3456
Parramatta NSW 2124
phone: 1800-222-199

The Australian Cord Blood Bank Foundation
Phone: 1800-644-336


Fund Raising Events

12th May 2000 - Star Day - the major annual fund raising event for the Starlight Foundation.

25th May 2000 - Australia's Biggest Morning Tea - annual fund raising event for the Australian Cancer Council


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Last Updated : Sunday, 03 October 2004

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