It Takes a Village – Helping One Fellow Mom Find a Donor

With all of the positive parenting stories out there, at times, inevitably, we are crossed with the tough ones. A few days ago, I was hit with that tough story when a friend called on her Facebook network in an effort to spread the news about a dear friend. She included a link from the Boston Globe: Awaiting Transplant Cancer Patient Chances Depend on her Korean Heritage.

The Globe article explained how this one local mom’s fate depends on slim odds and the possibility that someone from a similar genealogy makeup will read about her case and step up to the plate. Time is critical. With acute myeloid leukemia, Mandy Manocchio-Putney, mother of two boys, needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

Mandy and her family

This will be far from easy compared to Mandy’s Caucasian neighbors, as a bone marrow donor is required to have a similar genetic makeup of the recipient. Mandy’s Korean descent makes it all the more challenging. The Globe article explained, the more diverse an individual’s evolutionary history is, the harder it becomes to find a match. Since populations in Africa and Asia developed in the face of some of the most diverse conditions, many of its people have unique genetic types.

It Takes a Village - Bone Marrow Drive for Mandy!

With faith and hope at the forefront, Mandy’s friends and family are working hard behind the scenes to organize two donor drives. One will be held on Sept. 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA and the second on Sept. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Sharon American Legion headquarters, MA. The drives are open to people of all races, but organizers are particularly interested in Asian-Americans.

Despite her obstacle, Mandy’s spirits are positive and hopeful. She currently is undergoing chemotherapy at New York University’s Langone Medical Center and hopes to return to Boston soon for a transplant. As fellow mothers, let’s please help Mandy’s family and friends spread the word and continue to build a village of support, so that her prayers for a transplant will become a reality.

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