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Joanne Filina is a 42 year-old wife and mother of two who founded a charity that feeds families battling cancer. Unfortunately, Joanne was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) when she was 35 years old. Since her diagnosis, she has undergone chemotherapy and is currently on the first non-chemo maintenance pill for cancer. Joanne carries a marker that doesn't allow her body to remain in remission. This means a bone marrow transplant is her only chance for a cure, but her Greek ancestry is making it difficult to find a match for her. She is turning to the Greek American community for help. YOU could be her CURE and provide her the opportunity to see her son and daughter grow up, and live a full life.

She is a fanatic fan of Rick Springfield of "Jesse's Girl" fame! He wears a bracelet that she made for him. Joanne is very vibrant and dedicated to helping others even if she can't help herself find a match.

The Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry will be holding a drive this weekend at the annual Greek Festival at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th from Noon to 6:00 pm (both days).

Please consider registering to save a life like that of Joanne or anyone in need of a transplant. It takes just minutes to register and give a simple and painless mouthcheek swab and there is no cost to join the Registry.

If you cannot join us at a drive, you can always register online for free at: join.bethematch.org/ALOHA

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Aloha Everyone! We will be holding marrow donor drives at these two exciting events. The Greek Festival at McCoy Pavillion (at Ala Moana Beach Park) on August 27th and 28th from noon to 6 pm and The 34th Okinawan Festival 2016 at Kapiolani Park (near the bandstand) on September 3rd and 4th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are in need of volunteers to help us at our booths at both events. If you have some spare time and want to help us register donors for our many patients in need of transplants, please give us a call at 808-547-6154 or email Roy Yonashiro at roy.yonashiro@hbmdr.org
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Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry Supporter added an Marrow Donor Drive at Honolulu Zoo's "Wildest Show in Town" Featuring Jake Shimabukuro. ... See MoreSee Less

Come down tonight and join us under the beautiful Hawaiian sky as we enjoy the music of Hawaii's own Jake Shimabukuro. Mahalo to the Honolulu Zoo for inviting the Registry to register donors there. Ti...

Marrow Donor Drive at Honolulu Zoo's "Wildest Show in Town" Featuring Jake Shimabukuro

August 10, 2016, 4:30pm

The Honolulu Zoo

Come down tonight and join us under the beautiful Hawaiian sky as we enjoy the music of Hawaii's own Jake Shimabukuro. Mahalo to the Honolulu Zoo for inviting the Registry to register donors there. Ti...

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The Facts

Every year, more than 12,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma for which a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor may be their best or only hope of a cure.

About 70 percent of patients in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on the Be The Match Registry to find an unrelated donor or umbilical cord blood unit.

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How a Match is Found

Matches are found with those of the same ethnic backgrounds, so Hawaii residents have great potential in helping not only patients from Hawaii, but from all over the world. Only 1 out of every 540 registered donors will actually be chosen as a match and be asked to donate.

You may be the ONLY one to save a person’s life! Take your first step by joining the bone marrow registry.

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