Guam- Another Bone Marrow Drive has been scheduled for October 20 to help save the lives of two more people from Guam.
According to Guam Medical Association Executive Director Pram Sullivan, the drive will be held at the Agana Shopping Center. However, pre-registration will begin this Saturday at the University of Guam Field House and this Sunday at the Micronesia Mall. The drive will benefit 16 year old George Washington High School Student Kaila Garrido and former Guam resident Eugene Borja, who lives in California.
There is also a new rule that people between the ages of 18 to 44 years old can register because there is a greater success rate for transplants if a match is found. Sullivan encourages everyone who hasn’t registered yet to come out and support your community.
“Just come out” said Sullivan. “It’s not painful. Just a swab and you can save a life. You can save a life.”
The Bone Marrow Drive will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. For more information, call Sullivan at (671) 483-6600.
READ the release from GMA below:
The family and friends of two people from Guam are uniting to save the lives of their loved ones. Both 16-year-old Kaila Garrido and 37-year-old Eugene Borja desperately need bone marrow transplants.
Their changes of finding a match on Guam are high, and their families are reaching out to the island community to help save their lives.
A bone marrow drive for Kaila and Eugene is schedule for Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Agana Shopping Center. Members of the community who register during the drive have an opportunity to help them and many other patients around the world who are searching for a match. It takes less than 10 minutes to register and do a simple, painless mouth cheek swab.
For more information, please contact Pram Sullivan at 483-6600 or email Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero at email@example.com. Flyers with more information about Kaila and Eugene are attached to this email.
Kaila Garrido is a 16-year-old from Guam. She is the daughter of Michael and Kim Garrido. She was attending George Washington High School when she was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. She is currently getting treatment at MD Anderson.
Eugene Borja, a thirty-seven-year old CHamoru, husband, and an active father of two, is the physical education teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, in Redwood City, CA. He is the son of a retired Army Sergeant Major, Robert C. Borja (Familian Daso) and Ann Naputi Borja (Familian Chalderon). Gene was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Although he is responding well to treatment, a bone marrow transplant is the best way to increase his chance of long-term survival.