Joanne Filina is a 42 year old wife and mother of two who founded Believe In The Cure, 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, Eastern European, and Middle East community for help. YOU could be her “needle in a haystack” and provide her the opportunity to see her son and daughter grow up, and live a full life. Please forward this to anyone you may feel can support this campaign.
Ways You Can Help
1. Make A Donation: Be The Match relies on contributions from people like you so that it can further its mission. Donations are used to support adding more potential donors to the Be The Match Registry, fund research to advance transplants, and to assist patients financially through the transplant process. Please help us in our fundraising efforts. Any contributions are greatly appreciated and will help save lives! To make a donation online, click "Make A Gift” on the right side of the page. If you prefer to mail in a donation, please send your check made out to "Be The Match Foundation" with "Joanne Filina" in the memo line to:
Be The Match 2 Summit Park Drive
Cleveland, OH 44131
Attn: Tonya Davis
2. Join the Registry: If you are the ages of 18 - 44, please consider becoming a potential bone marrow donor. All it takes is paperwork and a cheek swab to be added into the Be The Match Registry. You may never get called to donate, but if you do, it could be potentially lifesaving for someone facing a blood cancer like leukemia. In order to join, you must be between the ages of 18 – 44, willing to donate to anyone in need, and in general good health. The odds of donating to someone are super slim and the donation process is super simple and painless for most people. Greek Americans are severely underrepresented in the registry. We encourage you to learn more and potentially be a match for Joanne or someone else who is waiting for their match! You do not need to be of Greek ancestry to join.
join online at: http://join.marrow.org/JoJoFilina
Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, contact Joanne at 330-414-7918.