Dr. Anh Nguyen Reiss has brought countless new lives into this world; now she needs your help to save her own.
June 16, 2009: If offered the chance to help save the life of a doctor who has delivered some 3,000 babies in the Houston area, would you jump at the chance? Well, that chance is here today, it requires only four swabs of your cheek, and this is a special appeal to Vietnamese Americans!
Dr. Anh Nguyen Reiss is a 43-year-old mother, a doctor, and a Vietnamese immigrant who was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in February 2009.
Dr. Reiss is a caring doctor who has touched countless lives. She’s an ob/gyn at Memorial Herman Southwest. Besides delivering some 300 babies a year in private practice, Anh also provides emergency care for indigent patients. Now you can help save Anh’s life.
Anh’s only cure is a stem cell transplant. MDS is a disease of the bone marrow stem cell very similar to acute leukemia. It causes the bone marrow to produce ineffective red and white blood cells and platelets. Approximately 1/3 of patients with MDS progress to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) within months to a few years. But MDS patients also face other life-threatening dangers, such as a weak immune system and internal bleeding and hemorrhaging. Anh has been undergoing chemotherapy and regular blood transfusions to stabilize her red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets levels , but she is in a race to find a matching Asian or Vietnamese stem cell donor.
Giving hope to Anh takes only four swabs of your cheeks. It’s quick and painless to register and free for ethnic minorities. Asians, especially Vietnamese, are urgently needed because they are underrepresented in the marrow and stem cell registry.
Click here to help save the life of Anh and other Vietnamese Americans who are counting on your compassion!