Monday, May 6, 2013
Karen Takla Farag was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in December.
A bone marrow donor drive held in Westwood in January didn't find a match for Hillsdale mom Karen Takla Farag, who is battling cancer, but a suitable donor was found for her in Germany. Takla Farag, the mother of a student at Meadowbrook Elementary, was diagnosed last December with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a cancer which affects bone marrow cells, overwhelming healthy blood cells and making them unable to fight infections. A 39-year-old German woman found through the program Be The Match agreed to donate stem cells from her marrow for Takla Farag's treatment for AML. She received the donated cells via an IV March 13 after a courier brought it over from Germany. "I pray that when I recover, she will want to meet me so I can thank …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Hillsdale mom Karen Takla-Farag was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.
A donor drive at the Westwood Community Center Sunday drew more than 200 residents who had their cheeks swabbed to see if they are a match for Hillsdale mom Karen Takla-Farag, who requires a bone marrow transplant. It will take six to eight weeks before it is known if one of the potential donors is a match, Hillsdale Councilman Frank Pizzella told Patch. Takla-Farag, the mother of a kindergarten student at Meadowbrook School and a parishioner at St. John's, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December and needs the transplant for her treatment. She was present at Sunday's drive via Skype. In addition to the potential donors, Sunday's drive raised more than $2,500 for Be The Match, a bone marrow donor registry, Pizzella said. Have…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
There will be a donor drive Sunday to search for a match for Karen Takla-Farag.
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Tuesday, January 22
A Hillsdale resident diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia is seeking a bone marrow donor. Karen Takla-Farag, the mother of a kindergarten student at Meadowbrook School and a parishioner at St. John's, was diagnosed with cancer last month. She requires a bone marrow transplant. A donor drive has been scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Westwood Community Center on Jefferson Avenue. Attendees will have the inside of their cheeks swabbed to test if they are a match. "Karen is amazing person," Hillsdale resident Frank Pizzella wrote in an email. "She is a loving and a giving mother, daughter and friend. We must find a match." For more information, contact Frank Pizzella at (201) 446-6213 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a question or news tip…