Hello, my name is Martin Lintag.
I was diagnosed in July 2018 with mixed phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL). This disease is made of two different types of leukemia, acute lymphblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It is difficult to treat this rare form of leukemia.
Although I have been discharged from Vancouver General Hospital since September 2018, it has been difficult keeping the cancer in remission. I still go to VGH several times a week to receive chemotherapy, red blood transfusions, and platelet transfusions.
The best way to be fully cured of my MPAL is to receive a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor. However, very few Asians, let alone Filipinos, are aware of stem cell transplants and are registered donors. This makes it difficult for me and others to find a match. As of 2015, Southeast Asians, including people of Filipino descent, form less than 2% of Canada’s database, and Canada is unable to access donors registered in the Philippines.
Several stem cell drives organized by the Canadian Blood Services have taken place throughout the Greater Vancouver area. I am forever grateful to the family, friends, and CBS for running these stem cell drives and raising awareness to potential donors.
Information for past and upcoming stem cell drives can be found in:
Also more information on stem cell donations can be found at the Canadian Blood Services website:
Even if you are not a compatible match for me, you may be a match for someone else! Thank you for your time! Keep fighting, fellow cancer survivors!
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