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This is Eric Hou. He needs our help.

About Eric Hou

Eric Hou is a 25 year old senior at Rutgers University, where he currently has a double major in cell biology and neurology. He hopes to pursue research and healthcare to further the medical field. He has always excelled in academics and is very active in charitable events in both school and his community, such as volunteering with animal shelters. Eric is a high spirited young man who has always been willing to lend a helping hand and is extremely family oriented. He is generous and contagiously spreads his humor and laughter to all of those around him. Eric was recently engaged to his long-time girlfriend.

Eric recently relapsed after his first battle with leukemia and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Hackensack University Hospital. He was on the path to finish college and marry his fiancé before relapsing. He has a big heart and lots of potential in his future. Eric’s friends and family are organizing the drive to help him fight this deadly illness.

How Can You Help?

You can help Eric by becoming a member of the bone marrow registry. To become a member, you take a simple cotton-swab test to see whether or not you are a match for someone in need for bone marrow donation. If you are determined to be compatible, you will be given the opportunity to donate your bone marrow to Eric. There is no obligation to donate bone marrow when you join the bone marrow registry.

Take part in a special bone marrow typing drive as part of a movement to find a bone marrow donor for Eric Hou. The event will take place on Saturday, October 11, from 11am to 3pm at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. We are located at 268 Canal Street, 1st fl, New York, NY 10013. If you are between the ages of 18 and 44 and are in good general health, please come fill out a consent form and get a cheek swab. It will take 15 minutes and it is painless.

Not only will your contributions help increase Eric’s chances of finding a compatible donor, it will also help the many others in the present and future who are diagnosed with leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell anemia or other life-threatening diseases.

There is currently a severe shortage of bone marrow matches for minorities, including Asian Americans. If you are Asian American, we encourage you to register.

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Author: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a nonprofit and federally qualified health center, established in 1971. Our mission is to eliminate disparities in health, improve health status, and expand access to the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. Our vision is to strive to be a Center for Excellence by being a leader in providing quality, culturally relevant, and affordable health care and education, and advocacy on behalf of the health and social needs of the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. Learn more at www.cbwchc.org.

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