BONE MARROW DONATION FOR MORIKIS

Network News Administrator news at ljcrf.edu
Tue Apr 26 15:18:42 EST 1994


BLOOD AND BONE MARROW DONORS NEEDED URGENTLY
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Dr. Dimitri Morikis, a fellow scientist at the Scripps Research Institute,
is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant and blood transfusions. 
He needs your help!  Dimitri has been diagnosed with an uncommon form of leukemia,
myelodisplastic syndrome, for which the only hope for a cure is an allogenic
bone marrow transplant.  Unless treated, Dimitri's condition will rapidly
deteriorate in the coming months.

WHO IS DIMITRI?
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Dimitri is a Greek scientist who came to the United States as a Fulbright 
Scholar in 1983. He completed a PhD in Physics at Northeastern University in
1990 then came to The Scripps Research Institute as a postdoctoral fellow.  
Dimitri is married to Gloria Gonzales, a professor at UC Riverside, and
lives with his wife and 3 year old son in Riverside, CA.

WHY DOES HE NEED YOUR HELP?
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Recently, Dimitri was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, myelodisplastic
syndrome.  His only hope of recovery is a bone marrow transplant.  Unfortunately, 
none of his extended family's bone marrow type is compatible with Dimitri's.
Extensive checking of the national and international registries has not been
successful in finding a suitable donor.  More testing needs to be done!
Therefore, Dimitri, his family and friends are searching for an unrelated bone
marrow donor.  Meanwhile, Dimitri needs frequent blood and blood product
transfusions.  

HOW CAN YOU HELP?
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1)  Have your Blood HLA tissue typed.  This test requires just a few tablespoons
of blood. We are organizing a drive to be held here at the Scripps Clinic in
the near future.  The details will be posted within the coming week.  The cost of
the test is $45, well worth paying for the possibility of saving a life!  DON'T LET
THE COST OF THE TEST DISUADE YOU FROM BEING TESTED, ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO
COVER THE COST OF TESTING INDIVIDUALS UNABLE TO PAY THE $45 FEE.

2)  Donate blood or platelets.  Pre-treatment as well as post-treatment leukemia
patients are in permanent need of blood.  A blood drive is being arranged here at 
Scripps, at the same time as the bone marrow drive.  This blood drive will directly
benefit Dimitri's account.  Details will be posted in the coming week.

3)  Donations of cash to help defray the cost of the bone marrow drive will be
gladly accepted.  Arrangements are being made to set up an account expressly for
this purpose.  Details will be posted on Tuesday, April 26th.

PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS IS VOLUNTARY.

WHO CAN YOU CONTACT?
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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING IN THIS EFFORT PLEASE CONTACT
ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 


DR. NURIA ASSA-MUNT
FAX (619) 450 3432
PHONE (619) 455-6480 ext 608

E-Mail NURIA at LJCRF.EDU

STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY GROUP
LA JOLLA CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
10901 NORTH TORREY PINES ROAD
LA JOLLA CA 92037



ON BEHALF OF DIMITRI, HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE GIFT
OF LIFE!

FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE TESTED AS BONE MARROW DONORS, MANY CENTERS TEST FOR
FREE, PEOPLE FROM UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS (ie Mediterranean).

Make donations payable to:

St. Elias Church / Morikis Fund

Send them to:

Morikis
920  VIA CARTAGO APT #63
Riverside California 92057

Thanks for your help!




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