Helping Guamanians Win the Battle Against Cancer

By Eddie Baza Calvo
Hafa Adai, my fellow Guamanians,
We talked about a lot of issues last week in the state of the island address. There’s a lot of time to discuss these, and many more, in more detail. What I want to address with you today is an issue of a different sort.
Nearly a decade ago, thousands of Guamanians were touched by the story of little Justice Taitague, the young girl who displayed so much strength and courage as she was dying of cancer. It was the first time many Guamanians were made aware that their bone marrow could help someone live. And when you knew that you could help this little girl to survive, you came out, and you gave of yourself.
Today, Joey Tyquiengco and Janet Liang need your help.  You see, they’ve been diagnosed with leukemia and their chances of fighting will be even greater with your support.  In a few days, the medical community will be holding a bone marrow drive to help Joey and Janet.
Maybe one of us will be that lucky match.  Maybe one of us will be able to help them beat cancer.
My fellow Guamanians, I beg of you to open your hearts once more. Join me, Dr. Shieh and the volunteers at Guam Premier Outlets on either February 10, February 11 or February 12. Your entry into the bone marrow drive doesn’t mean you’ll be giving your bone marrow right there. It’s just a test to see if you’re a match for Joey, Janet, or anyone else who may need a bone marrow transplant.
And if you’re a match, then you’ll have a choice to move on with the procedure. You could save the life of another human being.
Join us in this fight.  Let’s help Guamanians like Joey and Janet win the battle against cancer.
God bless you and have a great day.
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