Meet Emily.

Emily Sun is a 36-year-old Australian woman of Chinese ancestry who has relapsed from Non-Hodgkin’s Primary Mediastinal Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (PMBCL) for the second time in three years. She was diagnosed in 2010 and underwent R-EPOCH chemotherapy, then had a central nervous system relapse in 2011 and underwent treatment with Cytarabine and 20 rounds of radiation to the head.

Upon relapse Emily was told donor stem cells were her last chance for a cure but due to difficulties in finding a match her doctor decided to put her on a Clinical Trial using radioimmunotherapy (I131-rituximab). She received an autogulous transplant of her own stem cells she had banked as insurance.

For now, Emily’s future is unclear as she awaits the outcome of treatment but hopefully she is on the path to recovery. While we hope she will no longer need an allogenic stem cell transplant, donors are still needed for patients around the world, especially those of minority and mixed race ethnicity.

Emily has a lot to live for—especially her five-year-old son Luke, who’s had to watch his mother undergo treatment since he was three. Read more about Emily’s journey via her blog, through media articles or on her Facebook page.

“ZERO TO HERO” – starring Lawrence Leung!

Zero to Hero from Corrie Chen on Vimeo.

This is why she needs your help.

Emily needs a stem cell donor of Asian descent. The problem is that Emily is having difficulty finding a match. The donor can be from anywhere in the world, but a match would more likely be found in someone of ChineseTaiwanese, Japanese, KoreanMalaysian, Vietnamese, or Singaporean descent. In Australia, the donor should be under 45, either male or female, but other countries vary with higher age limits and the match can be made worldwide.

What is a stem cell donation?

There are many misconceptions about stem cell donations—particularly that stem cells are taken from fetuses. Donations are actually taken from healthy adults.  It’s a procedure that restore stem cells that were destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. After being treated with high-dose anticancer drugs and/or radiation, the patient receives the harvested stem cells, which travel to the bone marrow and begin to produce new blood cells.1 Read more about the procedure here.

How can you help?

If you are of Asian descent, you can register with your country’s local database. (You can do so even if you’re not Asian, as you can be matched to another patient in need of help). It’s an easy test: you get blood drawn and if you’re a match, you’ll undergo further tests to see if you’re able to donate stem cells to the patient. The cost: free. You can check out the following links in your country to see if you qualify:

For Chinese donors:

家住澳洲的Emily,今年36歲,但不幸重患B細胞非霍奇金氏淋巴瘤。Emily 在2010年初次患癌症,當時第一次接受化療.  2011年癌症復發出現在中央神經系統,她第二次接受二十回的化療。

現在Emily的癌症又第二次復發. 這次的治療,是必須移植Emily原本的幹細胞,但之後是需要移植別人捐贈的幹細胞。

Emily盼望能看到更多的明天。但她最盼望的是能看著自己的孩子Luke長大。Luke 現在只有五歲。他三歲時就已經看著自己的媽媽患癌症。



如何能幫助Emily? 如果您是亞洲籍的人士,請你到你的國家骨髓幹細胞中心登記為志願捐贈者。捐贈初步只作「捐者血樣複檢」,髓幹細胞中心會安排醫護人員為您進行從手臂週邊血 管抽血的步驟,抽血量一般在10cc~40cc左右(視各移植中心需求而定)。若是檢驗結果皆為移植醫院接受,該中心會再與您聯繫進行健康檢查,以協商採 集週邊血幹細胞的日期。這全面過程是完全免費的。

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For Japanese donors:




エミリーはまだまだ生きていなければ、特に、5歳の息子ルークのためにも。ルークは3歳の時からずっと母が治療を受けるのを見てきました。エミリーについて更にお知りになりたい方はParenting With Cancerをご覧ください。




Emily needs a happy ending.

Just like this book that Luke made for her:

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Print a Donation Poster
Click here to print a PDF of Emily's appeal that can be hung in community areas like schools, churches, medical offices, and other places where people can learn about Emily's need for an Asian donor. You can also print a Chinese poster here.
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In The Media

"Search for Stem Cells" - Weekend Sunrise (April 06, 2013)

"Australian woman pins hopes for stem cell donor on estranged family in Toronto" - Karissa Donkin (March 23, 2013 )

"Strangers lift Emily's stem cell hope" - Yasmine Phillips, The Sunday Times (March 18, 2013)

"Emily Sun needs stem cells" - Dawen (March 06, 2013)

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More than anything, Emily is looking for stem cell donors to join the registry. But if you cannot donate stem cells and feel that would you like to help in another way, you can donate via the Paypal button below.

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Thank you!