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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Call From The Family of Emru Townsend

Emru Townsend, Editor of Frames Per Second Magazine is suffering from leukemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. None of his relatives are a match, so he is relying on outside donors. We are writing to ask you to help us encourage members of the animation community to join a bone marrow registry. Hopefully, we can help find a match for Emru.

Because tissue types are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. As an Afro-Canadian, Emru Townsend will be most likely to match other African, African-American or Afro-Canadian donors. So please urge anyone in your circle with this racial background to participate.

Tamu, Emru's sister, has created a Facebook group. You can join here.

We've also posted information about upcoming drives in Seattle, Northern California, Southern California and New York areas on our blog.

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At 12:43 PM, Blogger Emru Townsend said...

Hiya, Steve, just came across this -- thanks for posting it. I'd just like to make one small correction: although there's a better chance of a match from someone of the same ethnic background, it doesn't mean I have no chance of matching anyone else. It's better for me (and everyone else waiting for a transplant) if everyone registers. Registering is easy and, at worst, as painful as a blood test.

Thanks again,



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