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Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation, Inc.

Board of Directors:

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

Anh Reiss

Anh Reiss

Diagnosed: Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Ethnicity: Vietnamese

Like many Vietnamese Americans, Anh Nguyen escaped the Vietnam War in 1975 and relocated to America with her family when she was only 9 years old.  Anh's family settled in New Orleans, where she helped her parents eke out a living after school.  As a child, she dreamed of becoming a doctor.  With hard work, Anh was accepted to a top rated university, where she double majored in biology and finance.  She also met her future husband there.  After graduation, the couple married then moved to New York to be closer to her husband’s family.  But she never forgot her childhood dreams.  So, she left the finance world to attend medical school, giving birth to and raising two beautiful children at the same time.  During her 10 years of medical practice, she has touched countless lives.
 
Anh is a life-long believer in promoting health; she regularly exercises and lives a healthy life.  In February 2009, during a routine checkup, Anh's blood results brought devastating news -- she had myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a very rare bone marrow disease for which the only cure is a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.  Exercise and good health cannot prevent MDS.  The disease can be caused by any number of factors, some of which are unknown while others include chemicals, such as Agent Orange (used during the Vietnam War with devastating documented effects) or industrial pollutants (common to the poor neighborhoods of Houston where Anh grew up).  MDS can happen to anyone. 
 
Anh's five siblings were tested to be a stem cell donor for Anh, but to no avail.  Now she is searching for a stem cell donor in the National Marrow Donor Program, the national registry of marrow donors.  Patients with Anh’s condition have an average of 2 years to live; time is not on her side, and she desperate needs to find a matching donor.  In the hopes of finding that one match that can save Anh's life, her family formed Team Anh.

 
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