Since December 2016, Clarence Chan has been disgnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and is currently under chemotheraphy treatment. A person who has leukemia suffers from an abnormal production of blood cells, generally leukocytes (white blood cells). This type of leukemia affects the myeloid cells. Myeloid cells give rise to red blood cells, white blood cells and platelet-producing cells.
Therefore, despite the success chemotheraphy treatment, Clarence is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant (BMT) to survive the effects of leukemia. Unfortunately, since Clarence’s only sibling – his sister - does not have a matching bone marrow. Thus, Clarence’s bone marrow/stem cell transplant will be of the allogeneic type, that is, these stem cells will have to come from a matched-related or unrelated donor.
The fund of RM150,000 donation to be raised is to help with the cost of bringing in this match-related type into Malaysia that has to be borne by Clarence to survive.