Harlem Children Zone hosting bone marrow drive for Jasmina
Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 4:37 p.m.
"Jasmina had a biopsy on Monday, but the results were not good. She now has 30 percent of leukemia in her bone marrow. The cancer is spreading," Thea Amena told the AmNews.
Six-year-old Jasmina Anema was diagnosed with a severe and aggressive form of cancer on the day that all eyes were focused on the White House and a young man named Barack Obama as he was sworn into the office of the president of the United States.
Since then, her mother, Thea Anema, and her best friend Isabella's mom, Karen Detrick, have organized a number of bone marrow drives, not just for Jasmina, but also to highlight the fact that there are not enough registered donors, especially within the Black community. Hundreds have lined up all over the city and the nation to get their cheeks swabbed, hoping to be a match for the
incredibly bright and jovial kindergartener.
Well-known artists and sportsmen have gotten involved in the case for Jasmina, including Kelly Rowland, Rihanna and New York Knick Chris Wilcox. Anema told the paper that her adopted daughter "is about to see if she can receive some new chemotherapy. She is feeling well, but we don't know how she will react to this new chemo."
Speaking from Sloan Kettering as she awaited information from another set of tests, Anema continued, "She's feeing okay, but she is having new another type of chemo, and we don't know Jasmina is becoming resistant to the chemo." Thea said that she was actually allowed home for the weekend and to play with her best friend,5-year-old Isabella Huurman. She's back in the hospital now though.
The Harlem Children Zone is hosting another drive for Jasmina this Sunday. "Please come to the drive," Amena said, thanking those who have already stood on line, gotten themselves swabbed, and registered to be a bone marrow donor. "Please come out." The drive on Sunday, March 29 will take place at Harlem Children Zone (35 East 125th Street at the corner of Madison) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to oneforjasmina.org.