Hey VTP readers, consider attending the AADP Bone Marrow Donor Fundraiser next Thursday, July 21, if you’re in the San Jose area. The fundraiser is set up specifically to help a young woman by the name of Jess who was diagnosed with a form of leukemia known as CLL, but its larger goal is to get people donating bone marrow.  Of course, you wouldn’t actually be donating at the  event; you’d just be getting a cheek swab and sending that to lab to see if you match with anyone in need of a bone marrow transplant.

The fundraiser will be at Kaama Lounge next to Santana Row @ 8:30 on Thurs., July 21.  It’s free.

The event is 18 and up only (and you generally have to be at least 18 to donate bone marrow anyway). If you can’t make it, you can still register to be a bone marrow donor at http://join.bethematch.org?/jessica.  A kit in the mail will be sent to you at no charge.

It doesn’t require much effort to register and get swabbed, and your gesture could save a life, so why not?

Check out more details for Jess’ event and her story at the Facebook page:

Jess is the girl who has always wanted to be normal, except that she is not. She was born with a congenital heart defect, and has been told her whole life that she doesn’t have much time. Determined not to let that stop her from living (some would call her stubborn), she has spent her time looking for challenges that she could do and projects that inspired her to be better, including opening up her own orphanage in Vietnam and initiating a pageant intended to empower and instill confidence in young women. Jess has never let an obstacle stop her from getting what she wants. The girl who just wanted to be ordinary has fought for every moment of her life, and along the way has become nothing short of extraordinary.

Now Jess has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia known as CLL. Jess still has a lot of things that she wants to do, and the capabilities to do them all. Please become a marrow donor and give Jess another chance at life. She can change the world.

THE EVENT IS FREE, we just need marrow donors. The process is very simple, it takes simply 5 seconds! we just need your cheek swab with a qtip (yes thats it!). After that,you can mingle and party up with Jessica! Please take this time to bring your FRIENDS & FAMILY out to support all the people that need your help.

COME BEFORE 11:00 to donate, party till 12:00!

DRESS CODE: Look mature. 18+ event

Please contact
Kim (408) 910-8438 / kimnguyen24@gmail.com
Tu-Anh (408) 621-6807 / tuanhtdang@gmail.com


***If you are not able to attend, but would still like to register to be a match you can register online via promocode:
All you have to do is complete the consent form online and will receive the buccal swab 2 weeks later