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.