April 4, 2007
Please accept my apology for this belated update.
We had a meeting with Dr. Cowan and Marisa Quinn yesterday morning to exchange ideas of setting up a public and not-for-profit cord blood bank at UCSF. Dr. Cowan, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Division, was Joanne’s primary physician at UCSF in 2001 to 2002. Marisa is the inpatient nurse coordinator for BMT and has spearheaded in drafting the budget plan for this project.
While there are still many obstacles to overcome, we hope to finalize the plan in early May with Roxanne Fernandes, executive director of UCSF Children Hospital and start to campaign and fund-raise for this project in earnest.
If established, this cord blood bank will benefit patients needing critical transplants for many generations to come. It will also carry on the spirit of God’s gracious love and honor our loved ones who had battled and succumbed to the deadly diseases and cancers.
Hope you will be available for the next 6 to 9 months and join us for this crusade. If you have any suggestions in fund-raising, please also feel free to let me know. Thanks.