For many of us, we don’t think of health and well-being as a luxury. But for some people who are not as fortunate, health and the possibility of living is a luxury. In 2009, Janet Liang, an undergraduate student at UCLA, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, her leukemia went into remission for a year but returned last December. Now living in San Francisco for treatment, Janet has only a month or so to find the perfect bone marrow match so she can have a transplant, her best option for complete recovery.
Personally, I just can’t imagine what Janet has been going through. Grateful for a healthy life, I am most squeamish when it comes to pain and sickness. In fact, my mother’s side of the family is full of hypochondriacs. Hearing Janet’s story simply breaks my heart. Just imagine having to deal with the discomfort of illness and the possibility of death so early on in your life.
In celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, my producer Ellie Wen has spearheaded a PSA campaign for Janet. Ellie has gathered the leads of White Frog—Booboo Stewart, BD Wong, Harry Shum Jr., Amy Hill, and Joan Chen—to make this PSA in the hope of encouraging more Asian Americans to help Janet find a bone marrow match.
Janet’s best chance of finding a match is someone from the same race or ethnic group. Here is the heartbreaking viral video that Janet has made as a plea for her life:
My prayers are with Janet. I hope that this Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be written in history as a month we shall remember for helping one of us beat a deadly disease.