Guji Lorenzana urges community to register as bone marrow donors

Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 03 2019 04:36 PM

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DALY CITY, California - This is the music video of Guji Lorenza’s original song “Be Alright.” The song is dedicated to his late mother who battled cancer for nearly two years.

“We found out that my mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, on the day after my wedding in February. If you could imagine, from the high of the wedding, to the next day realizing that my mom has cancer. It was an emotional roller coaster for us,” Lorenzano shared.

The song was initially just for Lorenzana’s mother but after her passing last June, it became so much more.

“I decided to make it a lifelong advocacy and campaign to honor her, to spread cancer awareness, to spread cancer prevention and to do all I can just to help out in the community,” he said.

Lorenzana created the Be Alright campaign and teamed up with Asian American Donor Program and Be the Match to create the music video and PSA featuring cancer patients and survivors.

Now, Lorenzana is urging his fellow Filipinos to register as bone marrow donors.

To be a donor, one would receive a kit and swab the inside of the cheek and send it to see if one could be a match.

The Asian American Donor Program said that despite the low numbers of Filipinos in the registry, matches have been made.

“When a patient or recipient meets the donor, it is absolutely amazing. Not only is the donor saving the patient and their family and really the community, that donor is very special. It will also change their life,” said Carol Gillespie, executive director of the Asian American Donor Program.

“To all my kababayans that are watching this on TFC, I just want to let you guys know that it’s not that hard to join the registry and save a life. If you log on to bethematch.org/bealright, you register over there. We send you the kit in the mail, you send in your swab and you’re part of the registry. If you join this registry, you can help so many children, so many Filipinos that just need that match to help them get through and help them survive,” Lorenzana added.

Receiving a swab kit to see if one is eligible is completely free.