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Former Guamanian needs bone marrow transplant

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by Joan Aguon Charfauros

Guam - 37-year old Eugene Borja is in need of a bone marrow transplant and a bone marrow drive scheduled for this weekend, can hopefully find a match.  The former Guam resident was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Currently he is being treated at Kaiser Permanente.

According to his sister Kerri, the father of two remains in good spirits. "He just finished another round of chemo. He's finally at home with his family and he's really hopeful that something will come up for him," she explained.

Borja, a physical education teacher at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Redwood City, has taken medical leave to fight the fight of his life. "We were actually able to hold one recently about two weeks ago, was held at a high school in San Mateo - it was a great turnout - bone marrow drive and a fundraiser for the family to help them with medical bills and whatnot," said Kerri.

A website, www.bebraveandlive.com has been set up where you can make donations, find out more about leukemia, and offer Eugene words of encouragement and support. Kerri offers a message to Guam, saying, "We need donors to register, and it's not just for my brother, for both people. Other people as well could benefit either there on Guam, or here in the States.

A bone marrow drive will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 10am-6pm at the Agana Shopping Center. If you can't make it, log on to BeTheMatch.com and register.

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