HELP FOR DIMITRI!

Helge Weissig helgew at DEEP-THOUGHT.BIOLOGIE.UNI-FREIBURG.DE
Tue Apr 26 23:18:49 EST 1994


 I am posting this on behalf of a fellow scientist. Please help if you can!
If you think this should be crossposted to other groups, please feel free to
either do so or to contact me.

BLOOD AND BONE MARROW DONARS 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,myelodisplasitic syndrome, for which the only 
hope for a cure is an allogenicbone marrow transplant.  Unless treated, 
Dimitri's condition will rapidlydeteriorate in the coming months.

WHO IS DIMITRI?
---------------

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 in1990 then came to The Scripps Research Institute as a 
postdoctoral fellow.  Dimitri is married to Gloria Gonzales, a professor 
at UC Riverside, andlives 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, 
myelodisplasticsyndrome.  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 beensuccessful in finding a suitable 
donor.  More testing needs to be done!Therefore, Dimitri, his family and 
friends are searching for an unrelated bonemarrow donor.  Meanwhile, 
Dimitri needs frequent blood and blood producttransfusions.  

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

2)  Donate blood or platelets.  Pre-treatment as well as post-treatment 
leukemiapatients 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 directlybenefit 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 begladly accepted.  Arrangements are being made to set up an 
account expressly forthis purpose.  Details will be posted on Tuesday, 
April 26th.

PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS IS VOLUNTARY.

WHO CAN YOU CONTACT?
--------------------

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING IN THIS EFFORT PLEASE CONTACTME 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 GIFTOF LIFE!
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Helge WEISSIG                              e-mail: helgew at ljcrf.edu
La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation        phone: (619) 455 6480 x253
10901 N. Torrey Pines Rd.                  FAX: (619) 455 0181
La Jolla, CA 92037                         
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