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UPDATE July 19, 2014

We have been informed that another person in the Vietnamese community is in dire need of a marrow transplant.  Please help save Mai Duong from Quebec, Canada.

Please visit www.sosmai.com for more information

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/16/mai-duong-stem-cell_n_5592359.html

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We can’t believe it’s been over one year that Jenn has had her bone marrow transplant.  She has been doing fantastic since her transplant.  She’s still so vibrant and full of energy despite the ordeal that she had to endure.  We are so blessed to have her back and healthy.  She’s a true fighter and she makes us believe that miracles can happen.  We need to cherish every moment of our lives and not get swept up with all the insignificant details.  We wish Jenn all the best!  Here’s to a healthy and happy future!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED US!

* This site has been created to save our dear Jennifer ‘Pho’ Nguyen *


Jenn’s Story

Jennifer was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in December 2010. She went through her first complete cycle of chemotherapy induction without achieving remission and now she needs our help!  Jennifer is still continuing chemotherapy, but only a bone marrow transplant will save her now.

Jenn also known as ‘Pho’ (Yes, we call her Vietnamese soup noodles!) is our sister, our cousin, our aunt, our daughter, our teacher, and our friend.  Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Jenn, a healthy, vibrant and vivacious young lady at 31 years of age was diagnosed with this terrible disease.  Both of her brothers have been tested as a donors and unfortunately, there hasn’t been a match yet.  A bone marrow match does depend on ethnicity.  Jennifer is of Vietnamese origin with 1/16th part Chinese. That’s why we’re reaching out to you to help us raise awareness about this horrible illness and learn how quick and simple it is to make a difference and even save a life.

OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network is responsible for finding and matching volunteer donors for patients who require stem cell transplants. Fewer than 30 per cent of patients who need stem cell transplants find a compatible donor within their own families. The rest rely on those who have volunteered to donate stem cells to anyone in need.

You can easily get tested to see if you are a bone marrow match at www.onematch.ca.

You can donate if you are between 17 and 50 years of age, in good general health and willing to donate to anyone on the list.  You are by no means obligated to donate even if you are a match.

This involves just a few simple steps.

1. Fill out a short online questionnaire regarding your medical history

2. Take a painless cheek swab from a kit sent to you by mail.

3. Mail back your kit. Postage is prepaid.

And that’s it! Your info will be entered into the worldwide database for Jenn along with all others in need to use.

For a quick summary of the process please watch this video:



If you have any suggestions for us please email us at savejenn@swabandsave.com

We promise to stand alongside Jenn to fight this battle. Will you join us today?