A Little Help for Christine Pechera?
Hope you are doing well.
I'm actually writing though because i was wondering if
I could enlist your help. over the weekend, I got
back in touch with a really old childhood friend,
Tony, from my days as a kid in Whittier. He told me
about his friend, Christine, a Filipina filmmaker in
LA who's dying of lymphoma. She desperately needs a
bone marrow transplant. Without it, she may only have
a year to live.
Ed and I are trying to get the word out because
Christine's best chance is to have a Filipino donor
but there are almost no Filipino donors in the
national bone marrow registry. And donating bone
marrow is such a simple procedure. The odds of
finding a match are 1 in 20,000 so I figure all we
need to do is register at least 20,000 Filipinos or
people with an Asian or Latino background.
So I think to myself: where can I find 20,000
I've written to the AAWW, Theater Mu, Ma-Yi, NAATCO
and now you, since you have the largest personal email
newsletter of anyone I know. Would you mind putting a
little blurb about Christine on your next
e-newsletter? Her website is
and it has her whole story. Basically, right now
they're just asking people to register as a donor.
They'll only contact you if they think you might be a
match. And the fact is that any donor of any race
could be the miracle someone's looking for.
Once you see her photo and read her story, I think
you'll understand why Ed and I want to help her.
Losing her would be a huge loss--not just to her
family and friends but to the entire Asian-American
artistic community. Honestly, the website made me
Anyway, hope you're well. We miss your smiling face.
If you have any other ideas on how to get the word
out, let me know!
Back to me, Florence...
If anyone has any ideas on how best to help, please
contact me and I will pass the word on...
Love and God bless y'all out there,