EDITORIAL: Save Janet Liang’s life. Become a marrow donor.

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Janet Liang was born in Hawaii and moved to California when she was 10 years old. She started attending college at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2005. Her major was international development studies. She dreamed of becoming a teacher, and her future looked incredibly bright.

But in 2009, Liang was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After treatments, the cancer was in remission for one and a half years. But just a few months ago, in December, Liang’s cancer returned. She now has until April to find a perfect marrow match, which would allow her to make a full recovery.

There is, unfortunately, a severe shortage of marrow donors who are of Asian descent.

We can change that. On Feb. 16, from 10 a.m until 3 p.m., the University of Washington is holding a bone marrow drive. Visit www.facebook.com/events/328654330512187  for details.

On Feb. 18, the Chinese Baptist Church (5801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle) is holding a bone marrow drive from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you can’t make it to those events, visit helpingjanet.com or aadp.org and register online to be a donor. It’s so easy, and you can save someone’s life. (end)

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