Mua Vu Lan Marrow Drive

Donor SearchHiep Huu Nguyen from TeamAnh sent us the following about Mua Vu Lan Marrow Drive, an important push to get more Vietnamese Americans to register as marrow donors:

Mua Vu Lan is Vietnamese Mother’s Day and is an important Buddhist holiday. It is a time to express appreciations to your parents, and especially to your mother. In short, Mua Vu Lan is a celebration of the Vietnamese family.

TeamAnh and Project Swab, a Vietnamese Marrow Initiative is dedicated to helping Vietnamese families find bone marrow and stem cell matches to save the lives of Vietnamese Leukemia patients. Since February 2009, TeamAnh and Project Swab has registered over 7,500 Vietnamese marrow donors from across the United States.

The only cure for many blood related ailments like Leukemia is a marrow stem cell donation from someone of your own ethnic background. Statistically, you need 50,000+ potential donors to find one match. But, there are only 16,000 Vietnamese Americans on the registry. Registration is just filing out a consent form and swabbing your cheeks. If you are a match, the stem cell donation is similar to giving blood and is painless. The marrow registry is there for all families if their loved ones ever needs a donor.

TeamAnh in cooperation with many Vietnamese Buddhist temples are hosting the Vu Lan Marrow Drives around the country to help Vietnamese Leukemia patients. The many Vietnamese Leukemia patients include Dr. Anh Nguyen Reiss, a mother of two; Matthew Nguyen, a fiancé and pharmacy student; 14 years old Kaitlin Pham; and countless others. What better way to celebrate family then to be part of the marrow registry, to help these patients and their families, and to help your own family?

Below are the Vu Lan Marrow Drives near you. Please come and celebrate the Vietnamese family. Please register on the marrow registry and/or volunteer to help others register.

August 30 Austin
Chua Linh Son
Sunday, August 30 at 10:00am

August 30 Houston
Chua Tinh Luat
Sunday, August 30 at 10:00am

August 30 Houston
Chua Viet Nam
Sunday, August 30 at 10:00am

August 30 Columbus OH
Linh Son Temple
Sunday, August 30 at 11:00am

September 4 Anaheim CA
8am to 7pm SCRC convention (Hall A Booth #224)
Anaheim Convention Center
800W. Katella Anaheim Ca 92804

September 5 Anaheim CA
8am to 7pm SCRC convention ( Hall A Booth #22)
Anaheim Convention Center
800W. Katella Anaheim Ca 92804

September 5 Garden Grove CA
10am to 2 pm
Lien Hoa Temple Vu Lan Celebration
9561 Bixby Ave., Garden Grove, Ca 92841

September 5 Westminster CA
9pm to 12 pm
Club Bleu Restaurant
14160 Beach Blvd, Westminster, Ca 92683

September 6 Anaheim CA
8am to 2pm SCRC convention (Hall A Booth #224)
Anaheim convention Center
800W. Katella Anaheim Ca 92804

September 5 Westminster CA
10am to 3pm
Hue Quang Temple Vu Lan Celebration
4918 Westminster Ave, Santa Ana, Ca 92703

September 6 Hayward CA
Compassion Meditation Center
Sunday, September 6 at 9:30am

Sept 6 Columbus OH
Linh Son Temple
Sunday, September 6 at 11:00am

September 6 Columbus OH
Thuong Quang Temple
Sunday, September 6 at 12:00pm

September 6 Chicago
Quang Minh Temple
Sunday, September 6 at 2:00pm

For more information, please contact teamanh@gmail.com, vietmarrow@gmail.com, or 832-217-8733.

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