Emily Avera contributor picture Emily Avera, Managing Editor

“Welcome to TransplantInformers! As you can see from my photo I love eating fries with curry ketchup, a.k.a. patat met kerrie saus. But I also love researching international transplantation issues from an anthropological perspective. I started off as AADP’s first college intern in 2004. Since then, I have done graduate fieldwork with the South African bone marrow transplant network and transplantation and transfusion professional networks based in the Netherlands.”

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Greetings from our Asian American Donor Program (AADP) contributors

Learn more about our African Carribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) contributors

Anthony Nolan (UK)

The Sunflower Fund (South Africa)

Our other awesome contributors

AADP Contributors

Carol Gillespie, Executive Editor

Ruby Law

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James DeLara

“Hello! My name is James I am the Filipino Outreach coordinator at AADP, so I go out into the community to try to  educate and encourage Filipinos-Americans to become part of the marrow registry. Registering Filipinos as potential bone marrow donors can be very difficult and I could use your help! Outside of work, you can find me playing with my guitar, taking photographs or simply reading a book. ”

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Debbie Nguyen

Donna Megino

Mellisa Kim

Nitu Binnarh

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Ellyse Look

Hi, my name is Ellyse and I am currently a student at California State University, East Bay doing my post baccalaureate in the Pre-Professional Health Academic Program. I hope to be a dentist someday, so I will be applying to dental school after this school year. I did my undergraduate work at the University of California, Davis in East Asian Studies, so I have a passion for Asian culture and working with the local Asian community. My dream is to someday open a free dental clinic here in the bay area to provide dental care to disadvantaged communities, including the Asian community. My term as intern at AADP has helped me to serve the Bay Area by interacting with minority groups to spread awareness and to find a potential transplant match for blood cancer patients. I hope that my time at AADP has helped at least one patient to find a match. I am now a lifelong advocate of AADP and its work. Go AADP!


ACLT Contributors

The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) is a leading UK Leukaemia charity. Only 0.45% of blood donors derive from an African, Caribbean and mixed race ethnicity, with a similar figure applying to organ donors; the ACLT aims to play its part by increasing the number of potential ethnic minority donors on the UK bone marrow list.

Orin Lewis

For a full biography click here.

Beverley De-Gale

Ronke Ige

Anthony Nolan

Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every day, we use our register to match remarkable individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. More information on Anthony Nolan here.

The Sunflower Fund

The Sunflower Fund was originally formed in 1999, in support of the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) and was inspired by Chris Corlett’ heroic struggle against leukaemia.  It was originally formed by Chris’s mom, Tina Botha (CEO) and a group of parents whose children had contracted leukaemia and in some cases lost their battle against it. The Sunflower Fund aims to educate and recruit a viable source of well-informed potential bone marrow stem cell donors, representative of all ethnic groups, onto the SABMR in the hope of saving the lives of patients suffering from life threatening blood disorders like leukaemia. The Sunflower Fund is building a state asset that will protect future generations as well as give hope to patients currently searching for a lifesaving bone marrow stem cell match to undergo a bone marrow transplant and be given an opportunity to a longer and healthier life.

Other Contributors

Claire de Louraille

Claire will be writing posts for us about reproductive health technologies and donation. She is a senior at Lewis and Clark college, and is currently in Athens, Greece for study abroad. She is also a contributor for Emaho Magazine. Claire is interested in medical anthropology, focusing on the cultural aspects of reproductive technologies.

9 Responses to “Contributors”
  1. Carlos says:

    From Be The Match: Thank you again for all of the cmtemnos and discussion. Please see our blog post dated May 17, 2011, for further discussion on this topic from the NMDP Chief Medical Officer, Dennis Confer.

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  2. […] blood, bone marrow and organ donors. It is written by one of our new regular contributors, the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) in the UK and speaks to their particular context and mission. However, the impassioned call […]

  3. […] Note: This is our first post from our new contributors, The Sunflower Fund. It serves as an overview of their organization, and focuses on the distinct shortage of black […]

  4. […] for donation, and there is fascinating research on Dutch children as donors. Our contributors at ACLT also reported on their exciting urban youth outreach initiative.  AADP‘s outreach […]

  5. […] passion for transplant donor outreach and education was stoked as the first college intern at the Asian American Donor Program (AADP). I am so proud that since 2004 AADP has continued to encourage the next generation of health […]

  6. […] bone marrow donor youth ambassadors through job skills training. It was created by the UK’s African Caribbean Leukamia Trust (ACLT). One of their participants from the programme gives us the inside scoop on his training […]

  7. […] a series of posts, Ellyse Look shares her journey as an Asian American Donor Program (AADP) intern with us in a series of thoughtful and detailed reflections. It’s a revealing window into […]

  8. […] Note: Tarryn Corlett-Boden, the Operations Manager (PR, Marketing and Communications) for The Sunflower Fund shares their process of sculpting of a donor education piece for their work in South Africa. She […]

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