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APAP 2011 Unsung Hero: Janet Liang

When was the last time you saved a life? APAP is privileged to support Janet Liang’s grassroots movement, Helping Janet, increase the number of AAPIs and ethnic minorities in the National Marrow Donor Registry by over 15,000 donors as of March 9th, 2012. Her latest video features 10 reasons why you should sign up to be a marrow donor.

Janet was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August 2009. After enduring 8 rounds of high-dosage chemotherapy she left the hospital in complete remission in June 2010 and began a regimen of maintenance therapy that kept her cancer-free for a year and a half.

Grateful for the time given back to her, she returned to UCLA to finish her studies and graduate. She was hired by a local school to assist the teaching staff with tutoring high school students. Janet was driven by the desire to do things she’s never tried before.

Her nominator, Pahole Sookkasikon detailed more of Janet’s accomplishments.

She’s worked with the Asian American Donor Program (AADP); publically pushed for more bone marrow drives; as well as appeared in People Magazine on behalf of the nonprofit organization, First Descents, to promote hope and healing to other young adult cancer patients through whitewater kayaking and other outdoor adventures.

From the Helping Janet Facebook Page, “there is no doubt that Janet will become a life-long advocate of marrow/stem cell transplants offered to as many individuals as possible who need it to reclaim their lives and fulfill their own personal destinies.” Janet dedicates this grassroots movement to save lives in memory of Michelle Maykin and her own grassroots movement, Project Michelle, founded a few years ago.

Here was what she had to say upon hearing her selection as one of APAP’s 2011 Unsung Heroes, as written by a member of Helping Janet:

Janet is very thankful and humbled by this nomination. She is happy to shed light on this important health issue and to raise more awareness for the dearth of minority donors. She is also glad that people can now associate leukemia with a face, and wants everyone to know that people who register increase the odds for all current and future patients who need a transplant to find their match.

Janet has until June 2012 to find a match. Helping Janet has a google calendar of Bone Marrow Donation Drives across the country. A few cheek swabs will get you on the bone marrow registry and can save a life. You can be Janet's hero.

This Unsung Heroes post will be fundraising for A3M, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches

APAP UH Donate

This post is part of APAP's 2011 Unsung Heroes Project. Each blog post of our Unsung Heroes & Honorable Mentions features a personalized page for donations in our March Madness Fundraising Competition. Donations made on this page will not be tax deductible. The fundraising page that collects the highest total donations by April 1st will receive an additional prize from APAP. 

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Pahole (not verified) on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 16:47

This is fantastic! Thanks APAP! Keep registering to be a bone marrow donor and let's heal Janet, and others!

Here are some helpful resources to register:

Follow Janet on Facebook & "like" her page to keep updated with her!

MichaelK on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 08:59

Greatly moved that Janet is putting herself out there, so that others can associate leukemia with a face. Let's do all we can to give her a match!

Shannon L. (not verified) on Thu, 03/29/2012 - 18:44

I am so proud of Janet in her efforts in saving her and others' lives.  If you have not joined a registry, please learn more to save lives!  Joining just takes a few cheek swabs and paperwork, donating is typically similar to donating blood/plasma.

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