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Winner of the Unsung Heroes Competition: Janet Liang!

We’re excited to announce that Janet Liang is the winner of our Unsung Heroes Funraising Competition! In our inaugural event we were able to raise over $1,000 for various progressive causes.

As Janet raised the most money, her funds will go to Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M), to increase the number of AAPIs in the National Marrow Donor Registry. In addition, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress will be rewarding her cause $250 (raised from the Unsung Heroes March Madness competition!).

This brings the total funds raised for A3M to: $543.09!

Congratulations to Team Janet!

Janet Liang was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August 2009.
Since then, she’s endured many rounds of high-dosage chemotherapy while publicly
pushing for more bone marrow drives.

Janet's latest Health Update (April 5th):
"Thanks for your prayers everyone. After waiting for 2 weeks, I'm finally beginning
my 11th round of chemotherapy, which will run until the end of this month. The
liver enzyme levels are trending down, and although they are not perfect, my doctor
feels reassured enough to proceed. I will receive the same drugs I had before while
continuing to seek complementary therapies like acupuncture and massages to help
manage my pain. It will be an outpatient procedure, so I will get to enjoy home a bit
more! Thanks again for keeping me in your thoughts. Unfortunately, still no match
yet."

Through the Helping Janet campaign, Janet has publically detailed her plight
through leukemia and encouraged more Asian Americans to register as donors to not
only save her life but many others.

According to Carol Gilespie from the Asian American Donor Program, “There's a 35-
45% chance of finding a donor in the current registry if you're an ethnic minority.
Well if you're Caucasian, you have about an 80 to 85% chance of finding a donor."

Janet may only have until June 2012 to find a match.

We’re proud to support this fierce sister. Her struggle is our own, and we hope
everyone joins in registering to be a bone marrow donor.  It really takes 5 minutes.
For more info, please visit http://helpingjanet.com

In solidarity,
Asian Pacific Americans for Progress

ATTENTION Cantonese speakers! Here is Janet's latest video, a PSA where she
explains the bone marrow donor process in Cantonese
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