Meet Caryn Hsu.
She’s a wife, a daughter, a current USC graduate student, and an active Tzu Chi volunteer. She’s also just 32 years old.
This year, Caryn received life-changing news. She has B-Cell MLL-Rearranged Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with an unfavorable chromosome mutation. It is a very rare and aggressive form of leukemia (especially given her age) that leaves Caryn with a cure rate of just 10% with chemotherapy alone.
Within a week of being diagnosed at the ER, she was hospitalized and immediately put on her first round chemotherapy to destroy overproducing white blood cells. Unfortunately, chemotherapy also kills healthy red blood cells. To counteract this, Caryn has been receiving blood transfusions to replenish her red blood cell supply. As of March 2, she’s received a total of 6 chemotherapy treatments so far.
In order for her body to produce any healthy white blood cells, Caryn needs a blood stem cell transplant.
With a transplant, her chances of recovery significantly increase to 70%. Her doctors at City of Hope are currently searching the global donation database registry called Be the Match, but so far no match has been found as there is a shortage of registered donors from ethnic minorities that are suitable for Caryn. This is why we need your help.
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a global non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1966 by a Buddhist nun named Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Taiwan. Its missions of medicine, charity, education, and humanistic culture have brought relief to 127 countries and counting. In 1989, Tzu Chi USA was established and now has 62 offices across the US. The heart of Tzu Chi is embedded in its name: in Chinese, “tzu” means compassion and “chi,” relief.
For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry®, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research through its research program, CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research®), so more lives can be saved.