April 1, 2008

If you've been wondering where I've been for the last three months, then you missed a little something added to Kino Kid's 2007 charity auction report: right around the time I was writing the cheque for the money we raised for The Cancer Research Society, I was diagnosed with leukemia, along with a complicating condition called monosomy 7.

The monosomy 7 is complicating because so long as I have it, I'm always at risk of the leukemia returning, no matter how successful chemotherapy is. The solution is a bone marrow stem cell transplant, which is why I'm posting this now. The best chance I had for a compatible donor was from a sibling, and it turns out that Kino Kid is not a match for me. So now I have to look for an unrelated donor.

We've all heard of blood banks and organ banks, but it turns out there are also bone marrow banks. Actually, not really banks, but registries of individuals' HLA (human leukocyte antigen) information, which are used to determine bone marrow compatibility. In the same way that people volunteer to donate blood, people can volunteer to join a bone marrow registry. Depending on where you are, all that's required is a cheek swab or a blood sample.

What I'm asking of every Frames Per Second reader is twofold: (1) join your local bone marrow registry, and (2) tell everyone you know to do the same. This will not only help me, but the thousands of people who need transplants to save their lives. The marrow registries around the world are linked, so it doesn't matter where you are.

I've started a website called Heal Emru that contains much more information, and I urge you to visit it, read it, and pass the information along. Registering is easy, quick, and potentially life-saving for someone you know, or a total stranger. Our annual charity auctions have shown that Frames Per Second readers are a generous bunch, so I have no doubt you'll help me in this effort. I thank you, my family thanks you, and everyone else waiting for a donor, along with their families, thank you for any help you can give.
Joined Onematch today ... Bonne chance !
Emru is someone I argued viciously and violently over animation many years ago. I am so sorry he is ill and will spread the word about marrow donations.
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I'm very sorry to hear about Emru and shall rustle up my friends here in the UK to donate.
April's Fool. Not funny
Hey anonymous. It's not an April fool's joke, Emru really is sick and really needs everyone's help.

Following the link to healemru.com, checking out the facebook group or any other number of sites that mention Emru plkight (including boingboing, cartoon brew, locus online and many others) would have told you that.

Now please go to the bone marrow registry of your country.
Dear Anonymous reader,

I am Emru's sister, Tamu. This is not a joke, which is reasonable of you to think due to the timing. If you look online as early as December you will find references to Emru's diagnosis and in February you will begin to see news of his need for a bone marrow transplant.

If you require verification, you can find my email on the website and contact me directly.
I'm sorry to hear about the leukemia, Emru.

I have ulcerative colitis, which is currently in remission, but it could come back any time and develop into colorectal cancer.

I'm glad you're keeping a positive outlook on this, and I'm pulling for ya, man.
Why does God always pick on animators?!

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