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Getting more Hmong people to join the registry will require us to change some attitudes. I know it’s difficult. We had to confront outdated attitudes within our own family. Even in my own heart I needed to overcome the shame of having sick children: We didn’t tell anyone about our kids’ conditions until it became clear we needed help finding a match.
So let’s work together to make the cure for blood cancer and other blood diseases available to my son and everyone else in need. You can help either by joining the Be The Match Registry or consider making a contribution that helps the organization add people to the registry.
Maly Lee lives in St. Paul.
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