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Board of Directors:

James Chang
Kevin Ching M.D.
Sharon Lau
Stella Lee Leong

About Cammy Lee

In 1986, at the age of 13, Cammy Lee was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with Philadelphia Chromosome Positive. To coerce her leukemia in to remission, Cammy began an extensive battery of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. 

Six long years later, which included two relapses, her body was exhausted from the harsh chemicals and radiation. Cammy was informed by her doctors that her leukemia progressed to the point where her only survival was to have a bone marrow transplant for a cure. For this to happen, Cammy needed to find a donor who had a similar or same HLA tissue type, a miracle match.

There was a 20% chance that a sibling could match Cammy. Her doctors were quite shocked when they learned that neither of her five siblings matched her. In 1992, the National Marrow Donor Program had over 1.2 million volunteer donors in their registry but only 3% represented Asians. Cammy’s odds of finding a match were next to zero.

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Cammy Lee (2002)
Cammy’s family decided to create the Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation, not only to help Cammy find her marrow match, but assist other patients and their families that were searching too. By hosting marrow drives they hoped to help everyone find that perfect match.

In late 1992, Cammy found her miracle match. She was a Chinese Canadian woman, mother of three, Virginia Lau. Virginia donated her marrow and saved Cammy’s life. Four months after her transplant, Cammy was back in the hospital. She was diagnosed with Epstein - Barr virus Lymphoma. Virginia saved Cammy’s life a second time by donating her blood. In 1994, Cammy was able to meet Virginia, her “Angel”, and thanked her for giving the greatest gift, LIFE.

Cammy entered into college and graduated from Rutgers University in May1999.

Cammy actively speaks at churches, universities/colleges, and other minority events to raise the awareness and importance of registering as potential marrow/stem cell donors to save lives.

Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation Inc.

Although Cammy received her bone marrow transplant, her family decided to continue helping other patients find matches.

The Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation Inc., became an official Bone Marrow Recruitment Group for the National Marrow Donor Program one year later in 1993.

Since its inception, CLLF has registered 100,000+ Asian and minority donors into the National Marrow Donor Program.  We will continue hosting marrow drive to help patients, who need a marrow/stem cell transplant, search for that perfect match and a second chance at life.

 
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