VANCOUVER — As hundreds run and walk through Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park tonight as part of the fight against Leukemia, Christina Law is particularly grateful for their support.
The 38-year-old was first diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and though her doctors wanted to perform a bone marrow transplant, she couldn’t find a match. Law was treated with high-dose chemotherapy, and was in remission for 10 years.
Unfortunately, in 2012 she had to fight for her life again when she was diagnosed with another blood disorder. This time, a bone marrow transplant was the only option. She found a match and had the procedure, but it didn’t work as well as doctors had hoped. In a few weeks, with thanks to an anonymous donor, Law will be undergoing a second transplant.
“It’s like a ticking time bomb inside me and I don’t know whether things will go even worse, to the point that the doctor cannot save my life. It’s very scary,” Law told Global News.
What is particularly frightening is the lack of ethnic donors on the Canadian registry. Only one in four are non-Caucasians.
“A patient’s chance of finding a match within their own ethnic background is much, much higher,” says Law.
“Thank you for doing this and giving me a second chance at life…I just want to live,” says Law.
–With files from Elaine Yong.