It’s been two months since Cathy Anagnostopoulos was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Anagnostopoulos spent five weeks in the hospital recovering from intensive chemotherapy. After being released, she was sent back to hospital when she started experiencing shortness of breath. Her doctors determined the treatment had failed and that a stem cell transplant was the best course of action.
Both of her siblings were tested but neither were a match. The only other way Anagnostopoulos will be able to receive the stem cell treatment is to look elsewhere for donors.
That’s where Sue Barrett comes in.
“She’s a good friend and we have to keep her here,” says Barrett, who has been a friend of Anagnostopoulos’s for nine years.
Barrett has put together two community swabbing events, at which a cheek swab is taken to determine if the participant is compatible.
The events, run by Canadian Blood Services’ One Match program and Shari’s Mission, will be held at Northlea Elementary & Middle School on Wednesday, April 13 from 2 p.m.–8 p.m. and Saint John’s Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday May 1 from noon–6 p.m.
For those who can’t attend, a swab kit can be mailed upon request from www.onematch.ca.
“We just want to get the word out there,” Barrett says. “We want to get a match for our good friend, obviously, but if we can help someone else, that’s good, too.”
For more information and the opportunity to donate to the cause, visit www.helpsavecathy.com.
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