Bone Marrow Transplant Donor Sought Zeny Ply | SAN DIEGO 3/25/2011 — Julie Macaraeg Ramirez, 53, of Escondido, CA, second child of Lino and Esperanza (Ansang Bautista Vinluan) Macaraeg has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. The hospital is seeking a bone marrow donor match for her. Her siblings, Rose Francisco and Lino, Jr of Chula Vista, CA, match each other but not her. Her kids, Marquel, Marclyn, and Marques, do not match each other and do not match her. Since this was discovered, the search on the worldwide bone marrow registry began. As of 3/21/11, a donor match has not yet been found.Julie is of Filipino descent. Her dad is from San Carlos, Pangasinan and her mom is from Camiling, Tarlac. They currently live in South San Diego. Her husband Rod is from Singalong, Manila. Julie graduated from Montgomery High School (Class of 1975) of San Diego and a graduate of Southwestern College of Chula Vista. Julie has been working at Union Bank as a Software Engineer. Julie had breast cancer and completed her last surgery and treatments on April 2010,.On Dec 30, 2010, she had a stroke. Fortunately, the stroke did not affect her physically or mentally. After extensive blood tests, she was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloblastic leukemia), subtype M2. She was producing immature red and white blood cells. After bone biopsies , it was discovered that her blood contain C-KIT mutation. This mutation is not allowing her blood cells to produce correctly. This mutation cannot be destroyed by chemo alone. That is why she needs a bone marrow transplant, to produce new healthy cells and create a new DNA. She just completed 3 leukemia chemo sessions.Anybody, especially those of Filipino descent, interested to be on the bone marrow registry, please go to the San Diego Blood Bank (4 locations) or can go to the San Diego Blood Bank website http://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/bone_marrow/ for more information and to http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/index.html?src=tabjoin to sign up for the bone marrow registry. This is different than giving blood at the bank. The first test for the bone marrow registry is just swabbing the cheek. Subsequent tests will follow when the hospital feels that the donor is a close match. Donors may also give blood at the bank for patients like Julie who need platelets and red blood transfusions.Finding a bone marrow match or not, will set the course of Julies next treatment. Please consider becoming a bone marrow donor and take the first step by joining the Bone Marrow Registry. Julie and her family appreciate anyone who can help.
submit your opinion