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Support Operation Keep Dee Alive

Dianne Abang "Lady Dee" needs your help.

Dianne Abang “Lady Dee” needs your help.

On Saturday, November 9th, 2013, Bethematch.org, a leading advocate and support system for those suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases will be holding a donor drive to save the life of Dianne Abang, who is known by her friends and family as Lady Dee. This event will take place from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at Lady Dee’s Day Spa, located at 155 S. Robertson Blvd. Dianne Abang “Lady Dee” will be providing refreshments and warm company throughout the day.

Dianne Abang is in need of bone marrow transplant and is remaining strong in the face of adversity, yet she needs your help. If you are between the ages of 18-60 years old and are in good health then you may be able to help. Also, because Dee is of African ancestry, it would be a bonus if you are of African descent as well due to the nature of bone marrow transplants, however we are encouraging everyone to donate. Secondly, there is a possibility that a cord transplant (umbilical cord) will also work, so we are asking pregnant women of all ethnicities to consider donating their umbilical cord for a possible transplant.

The donation process itself is painless, quick and simple. You will have to swab the 4 corners of your mouth with 4 different labeled Q-tips to receive cell samples from the sides of your cheeks, and within two weeks if you are a transplant match, you will be notified by the Be The Match Foundation.

For patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a bone marrow or cord blood transplant may be their best or only hope for a cure. Yet 70% of patients who need a transplant to do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match® and their supporters to find a match to save their life. Be The Match also provides one-on-one support to patients and their families throughout the transplant journey.

Again, Dianne Abang and the Be The Match Foundation would like to sincerely thank you for your support, whether it be your attendance, a possible donor match, or simply your thoughts and prayers. If you are unable to attend the event and still want to help or if you have any questions please call 310-659-7082.

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