Murdoch community asked to help

March 12, 2013

The Murdoch University community is pulling together to help Creative Writing student Emily Sun, who is in desperate need of a stem cell donor.

Dr Anne Surma said she had been supervising Ms Sun’s Master of Creative Writing until an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma forced her ‘brilliant student’ to take time away for treatment.

Now, following a relapse, Dr Surma and others are putting the call out for potential donors who can help save the young mother of one’s life.

“Emily had been in remission for eight months until she found out that the cancer had returned. Following a gruelling course of chemotherapy, she needs a stem cell donor in order to boost her immune system and continue treatment,” Dr Surma said.

“Because Emily is Asian, finding suitable donors is proving a considerable challenge. We are keen to put out a call through personal, social and mass media networks to persuade people to go and get a blood test to see if they are compatible and able to donate stem cells.

“This includes Murdoch students, staff and alumni, who we hope will show their spirit and help a member of the Murdoch family by spreading the word, or even better, getting tested as a potential donor.”

According a recent story in Perth Now/The Sunday Times, just 10 per cent of donors worldwide are of Asian descent.

Potential donors in good health between the ages of 18 and 45 are encouraged to call the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 to make an appointment to donate blood and join the registry.

For more information visit Ms Sun’s website or Facebook page.

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Comments (2 responses)

Christina Wu March 24, 2013

I would really like to help Emily Sun, I am of Taiwanese descent but I live in Canada. How do I find out if I am a match to her?

Rob Payne March 26, 2013

The best source of information is

Canadians should also visit Canadian Blood Services for more information.

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